Monday 31st August, 2020

It was great to welcome Nick and Elizabeth Wood-Dow to the gallops on Saturday morning.  Nick is a great racing enthusiast and is Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey and an expert on political engagement. It was great to catch up with them both and show them the horses working on the gallops.

It was also great to welcome Gabriella O’Donnell and Dan to view her parent’s exciting prospect for the season, Lesser.  The string continue to come along well and many have commented on how good they are looking.

Yesterday I was delighted to be asked to judge at the Harcombe ‘under five’ pony fun day.  Organised by Nessie Chanter, many local trainers joined in with their offspring in what was a very competitive fancy dress competition.  Although all were winners, Harry Wallace came in for special recognition for dressing up as an NHS nurse who by the look of her, certainly deserved a clap.

Congratulations to Jim Crowley on riding two thousand winners – a great achievement by a great man.  Also to the remarkable Hollie Doyle for her five timer at Windsor on Saturday and a treble at Yarmouth yesterday.  As previously stated, Hollie is a potential champion of the sport and with her talent, drive and professionalism she will hopefully encourage man others to choose a life in racing as their work and passion.

Sad to hear of the passing of Sub Zero at the age of 32.  Not only a Melbourne Cup winner but a horse with incredible character who touched the hearts of racing fans and every day Australians by attending schools, hospitals and other social gatherings with his best made and owner Graham Salisbury.  Hopefully there will be other thoroughbred who can do the same throughout the world.