Monday 9th March, 2020

J Gaye is declared in the 1.45pm at Southwell tomorrow, the mile and a half handicap.  She has been a model of consistency having been placed in all her races and been second in her last four.  In such circumstances unfortunately the handicapper never relents but hopefully she will put up another good show with Luke Morris onboard tomorrow.

Iron Horse did not jump with fluency at Hereford on Saturday, jumping some very well and others with too much respect.  Hopefully he will get better with practice and we may change the headgear he wears for his next race.  However it was great that all members of the Somedays Here Racing Partnership were present to see him run, having travelled over from America for the Festival.

Delighted to welcome the Chairman of the BHA, Annamarie Phelps to the yard on Friday with owner Rob Heginbotham.  They both went to Cambridge together and it was a great opportunity to discuss National Racehorse Day and alike.

It has been great to help various charities with Cheltenham Festival Previews over the last week or so, including Well Child at Cheltenham Ladies College on Thursday.  Ed Chamberlin, Aiden Coleman, Kim Bailey and Bruce Millington joined me for an evening of tipping and tittle-tattle in aid of the great charity.

Last night a few owners were in the audience at the Fleece in Bretforton for Phil Smith’s Cheltenham Preview, with Sam T-D, the Racing Post’s Lee Mottershead and bookmaker Andy Smith.

I now have more information than GCHQ but do not know what to do with it.  For what it’s worth, horses that appear to be of interest for the week are:

Mick Pastor

Mister Fisher

Welsh Saint

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