Haven’t done a blog for a while as l have been on holiday in South Africa with Kate, and my two kids Matilda and William.  We had a great time in Cape Town and then went on a safari at Amakala to see the ‘big five’ which consists of elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah. If you wanted to see the ‘big five’ over here it would probably consist of Mick Easterby, P Nicholls,Chapple Hyam, P Blockley and Stan Moore .  And you wouldn’t have to fly to South Africa to see them!

We haven’t got much to run right now although l did buy a couple of three year olds to run over hurdles this month as they’re both race fit.  We are getting all the others fit and they are cantering away with a view to having them ready for the beginning of October.  We have some nice horses to go novice chasing with including Some Kinda Lama, Pickamix, Like The Sound, Wishicould and Maid Of Milan which should be quite exciting.  I think American Gigolo will do well in his novice hurdles and we have some new lrish horses who all look as if they will do a job.  I have started to ride out two every morning and enjoy getting on some of the new ones to find out what they’re like.