We have just two runners at Hexham tomorrow, both for my father after our other entries were not declared to avoid the quick ground.
Arizona Bound loves good ground and he bounced his way around Perth two runs ago. A below par run there next time tempers enthusiasm for him tomorrow, but I have every reason to believe that he will run a solid race back at Hexham.
Chanceiton will also like a return to the stiff track and as he is due to go up five pounds for his recent Perth third we have decided to come here. He gets on very well with his amateur jockey, Cameron, and we will decide after this run if he returns to the point to point field or stays under rules.
The yard has been busy as ever and we have welcomed the return of Davy after he had been sidelined for seven weeks with a broken collarbone. Also joining us part-time is Iona Gourlay who has worked in racing before and who is going to help out with the extra horses who need to be ridden.
On the horse sales front Sutton Manor has been sold and the extra share in Dig In Racing has been taken up. We have one 10% share left in Jump For Dough and two 33% shares in Elmono; both will be very competitive this autumn and this is a good chance to join our team of owners.
We said goodbye to Miss Tiggy and Gaye Flier who were picked up by Eric Gillie today to start their journey to Ballincurrig Stud in Ireland where they will be prepared for the breeding sales at Tattersalls. They are both in foal and being good sized Milan mares I am sure that they will produce super offspring. It is sad to see them go, but we will be very interested in their foals.
And finally pictured is Rich Coast who has the distinction of being our first horse to be clipped this autumn. The team of clippers led by El are starting on the long list of horses, including Rich who should be making his long awaited return to the track in a few weeks.