Wednesday 8th March, 2017

Yesterday it was great to welcome Ed Ware and David Fish to the yard – co-owners of Western Storm.  Chief Executive and Chairman of 32 Red, they have had a busy few weeks and it was great to catch up with them.  We look forward to running their horse following his recent wind operation, in a novice hurdle in the next few weeks.

Following a busy work morning today, I went to London for the annual Cheltenham lunch – this year kindly hosted by ROA President Nicholas Cooper.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend the lunch for over a quarter of a century, where many of the great and good of racing discuss the prospects of the Festival.  It’s always a privilege to be asked and among the regulars are one of the finest journalists of all, Hugh McIlvanney, owner Ray Anderson-Green and Mike Dillon of Ladbrokes.

One of the new boys to recently be invited is Harry Fry and Neon Wolf has a great chance whichever race he runs in.

The week running up to Cheltenham is always a busy one and as a member of the Carbine Club I attended their Cheltenham Preview last night with Nick Luck, JA McGrath and George Baker.  JA always gives us a fabulous call of the Gold Cup – last year he was fiercely accurate with Cue Card falling three out and this year he predicts Native River to get up the hill in front of his stable mate.

The guest speaker was Sir Mark Prescott.  Sir Mark is a great speaker and his stories of his racing career are a thing of legend and he certainly didn’t let his audience down.

Prior to the dinner, it was good to pop into the London Riding Club.  They have monthly meetings in London to discuss all thigs horsey and it was fun to give them some info on the Cheltenham Festival.