Thursday 3rd October, 2019

Beautiful People made a mistake three out at Huntingdon yesterday when in contention.  However the ten pound rise still looked high enough given the standard of the race.  We will now school her over fences to give us more options for this autumn and next spring.  She has done the syndicate proud and I am sure back in her grade, she will be winning for us again.

Richard Johnson reported that Roundhead was in too much of a rush yesterday on his second hurdle start.  He thought once he settled better and was in handicap company he would be competitive.  His wind issues appear to have been sorted so hopefully with a bit more practice, he will show his flat form over sticks.

Both Tulane and Golden Deal were balloted out of their race at Wolverhampton today but we have found alternatives at Chelmsford and Kempton for each.  J Gaye was not declared for Salisbury because of the heavy ground and the meeting has subsequently been called off.  She will now go to Windsor on the 14th.

We have declared Highland Sun at Wolverhampton on Saturday in the seven furlong fillies maiden. She has always shown promise at home and hopefully will give her patient owners plenty of encouragement with Jane Elliott booked to ride.  The daughter of Helmet comes from a nice family and we should find out a fair bit about her following this run.

Very sad to see Towcester being closed.  It was always a favourite of ours and we have had many successes there over the years.  It was a proper country track where savvy and courage were needed.

It was also very sad to hear the passing of Mary Bromiley – the great equine physio who made such an impact on the sport.  Many wonderful words have been said about her life and career.  I had known her over thirty five years and she was the most brilliant character and talent.

Through her practice and written word, she has left her legacy and many a horse and human have been comforted by her knowledge and skill.  May she rest in peace.