I started the week off at Ascot sales where we sold Airpur Debois and our unbeaten hurdler Chief Bottlewasher. We didn’t so much as sell them we more or less gave them away but I suppose that was their true value . I am in a very unusual position right now and one I don’t think I’ve ever been in before and that is that I don’t owe the sales companies any money as we speak so I must put that to rights.
I went to the dentist on Wednesday for a filling which cost me £240 and left thinking how can you spend so much money to be put through so much pain!
I have ridden two lots out most days last week but rode Apalis on Friday who spends most of the morning bucking.On the way back to the yard I felt my back go and found it difficult to get off the horse.I got straight into my hot tub and in 20 minutes felt like Rudolph Nureyev. Normally I use the hot tub at night and feel great when I get out but never really know whether that is because of the water or the half bottle of Sancerre that I have just got down me!
We had a very good boys dinner at mine on Saturday where we put the world to right and discussed the finer things in life.
It was a quiet week last week runners wise but we will hopefully run a few this week.

I rode out a couple of lots before going racing at Plumpton on Monday to saddle a lovely mare called Bull and Bush. She hadn’t run for over a year but ran a really nice race by finishing third and will obviously come on for the race.
We also had a new secretary start called Lois who has taken over from Sam as Sam was finding it difficult to fit all her jobs in.
We sent Cody Wyoming to Lingfield on Tuesday and he absolutely bolted up in a 14k handicap chase. He won by 12 lengths so the handicapper may take a dim view!
There was a lot of frost last week and it made life a bit difficult as it was not easy to school them until late in the morning when it had thawed a bit.
I jumped my new hunter on Friday and I reckon thats the first time I’ve been off the floor for well over a year.Anyway I haven’t lost it and felt pretty good!
Had a very busy day on Saturday with five people for breakfast and then on the gallops to watch second lot.We also had four runners with three going to Sandown and one going up to Aintree .
The day started with American Gigollo making a mistake at the first and unseating Tommy so not a good start.The next runner was Some Kinda Lama who ran a cracking race to finish second on ground he hated and was not beaten far.We then had Seventh Sky running over the National fences up at Aintree and he jumped super to finish fourth with top weight so put in a very gallant effort.In the last race at Sandown we ran Morney Wing who jumped beautifully to finish a very close third and give all his owners a big thrill.
I must say that the racing at Sandown over the two days summed up everything that is good about National Hunt racing with perfect weather and superb races contested by good horses.We just need to find a few more of them!