A very satisfactory hurdles debut by Totterdown

Totterdown settled better in front and made a very satisfactory debut over hurdles at Ludlow today.  Jumping well but carefully at times, he stayed on at one pace up the straight to finish not too far off the leaders and will have learned a lot from the experience. I am sure once he is in handicap company and has learned to settle better, he will be winning for us.

This morning Dr Sarah Paul concluded her research into the colours of jumps and will hopefully finish her report in a few weeks time.  The findings will be very interesting and I believe may well have an affect of colours of obstacles on racecourses over the coming years.

It has been great having Sarah coming to visit us over the last few months and we wish her well in her new research placement in Germany.

It was great to visit Keith and Irene Rogers last night.  They have both been owners for many years starting with Laazim Afooz and are currently part of the Beautiful People partnership.

Irene was nominated for a Lester this year for her role at the Professional Riders Insurance Scheme and has made a vital contribution to the welfare of jockeys over many years.

Irene is at present fighting illness with great courage and humour and we look forward to welcoming Irene back to Adlestrop very soon.

Irene also had a share in Thornton Alice, one of the gamest mares we have had the luck to train.  Last night she had her second foal, a colt by Blue Bresil who will undoubtedly have a great career if he inherits his mother’s remarkable toughness.