Golden Deal to run at Lingfield on Wednesday

Golden Deal is declared in the 3.20pm at Lingfield on Wednesday.  She showed promise on her debut at Windsor and hopefully the extra furlong will be to her advantage.  Oisin Murphy takes the ride and although a competitive event, we are hopeful she will run a sound race, especially on the better ground.

It was great to welcome owners Charlie Allan and John Rosbotham to the gallops on Saturday morning who came to see Arctic Chief work.  Along with his other owners, they have been very patient with him but hopefully he is not far off being back on the track.

Also it was great to welcome MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies to the yard. Philip purchased a morning on the gallops with us at a Greatwood Charity Day.  Philip is MP for Shipley and has a keen interest in racing.  He is always entertaining company and it was good to catch up.

Esther won George Osborne’s old seat in Tatton at the last election and as an ex employment minister, she is fascinating company and we all had a lot to chat about.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died on Friday and those that know me well will know this great man had a fair influence on my life.

Having confirmed me in Arundel Cathedral when Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, he was the first man I publicly imitated at our school speech day having also lead me on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

He prayed for La Landiere’s victory in the Cathcart and as the youngest child of a large Catholic family, we had certain things in common – including a love of Baltimore on the west coast of Ireland.

To those that knew him, he was an immensely popular man with a great sense of humour, a love of golf and most sports come to that.

He was a gentle leader who admitted his faults, which included his lack of administrative skills.  However I will not be alone in not forgetting the life of this special man.