Monday 3rd August, 2020

It’s great to be getting the string fitter and fitter.  We are beginning to plan some races for August and very much Looking forward to starting the season.

It was great to welcome Steve Cockell along with brother in law Mick to the yard on Friday morning.  Steve and I came up with the idea of the Race Against Prostate Cancer syndicate and it was great to show them syndicate horse Roundhead, go up the gallops in style.  Hopefully it won’t be long now before he makes his debut for the syndicate in a novice hurdle.  There are still some shares available so please be in touch if you are interested in joining in on the fun.  The full details are HERE.

Steve is a tennis coach and it was good to play golf with him in the afternoon, other than the fact he also plays like a professional golfer.

Sad that crowds were not allowed into Goodwood on Saturday, however there was some great racing at the Sussex course and we look forward to hopefully being back there next year for our annual visit.

Well done to Hunscote Stud on breeding yet another Group winner at Deauville yesterday.  Owner Steven Smith who has Mighty Elsa with us, has had a great run with his homebreds over the last few seasons and Cairn Gorm looks an exciting prospect and will hopefully go on to further Group success.

Sad news of the passing of Stan Mellor.  Often when people leave this world people think of nice things to say about them.  With Stan this is very easy.  He was a thorough gentleman, a great jockey and trainer – he was undoubtedly a visionary.  When it came to jockey’s fitness and coaching, he was ahead of his time and whatever he did, he put enormous thought into it.  over the last few years, I’ve so enjoyed my visits to Stan and his wife Elain.  I loved to hear him talk about the old days and his incisive observations of that time.  He has had a remarkable and inspirational life and I am sure racing will honour him appropriately but for any young person in the industry wishing to further their career, if they had the manners of Mellor, they’d do well.