I went to Paul Nicholls’ Open Day the other Sunday as it’s always nice too catch up with some of my ex owners and see a few nice horses. Having seen a few of his l think we have a nice bunch! My two kids went back to school last week having had more holidays than Thomas Cook so hopefully they will get their heads down now and do a bit of work! I went to Doncaster Sales last week and all the horses l fancied made silly money. The next day l flew to Germany to look at about twenty horses. Most of them were in Peter Schiergens yard which we have had a lot of luck out of with the likes of Seventh Sky and many others. I really liked three of them and although one of them has already gone l am very keen to get the other two as they are fantastic value unlike over here. I had the most delicious lunch in my favourite fish restaurant in Düsseldorf which was a good thing as l then had a nine hour wait at the airport and got home after midnight. We’ve had some pretty awful weather here with a lot of rain and the odd storm so the ground is getting quite soft. We have got our horses very forward and they will be ready to run quite soon and hopefully pick up a few races before the they get more competitive. I am getting myself fit for The Legends Race at Chepstow and swam twenty lengths of my hot tub yesterday without spilling a drop of my Chardonnay so l am going the right way. If any of you would like to come to Chepstow have lunch and be an owner for the day on October 14th l will give it to the person who puts in the highest sponsorship for our charity. It should be a good day as there is some good racing on the card. My bank phoned yesterday and it’s official. My yearnings exceed my earnings! The best way to keep your bills down is to get a paperweight!

Here are some photos of Morney Wing, Some Kind of Lama, & Fixed Rate from The Steeplechasers Open Day.  Morney, ridden by Harry Bannister is looking at the camera when he should be concentrating!  Winning the Sussex National last season has clearly gone to his head!

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.

We are getting busier as the horses are now coming in and the lads are coming back from their holidays.  Watched Andy Murray get beaten at Wimbledon which put me in the dumps and then to see Konta get beaten as well really did make me depressed.  I bought a superb new tennis racket last week and feel like taking it back now!

Have been at Newmarket for the last two days for the sales and managed to buy a couple of nice three year olds to go hurdling . They will run quite soon as they are fit from the flat and we just need to teach them to jump and of course find owners for them.  I was in a queue at the Co-Op last week buying a jar of coffee and was behind this young fella who was asking the woman on the till a question.  He was looking a bit embarrassed and finally asked her if they sold any contraceptives in the shop.  She replied ‘No but have you tried Boots’? He looked a bit puzzled and said ‘Do you think that would work’?

Had a good Ascot although it was a bit hot on Tuesday and Wednesday but at least the rain stayed away so no complaints.  The best place to sell the odd share in a syndicate is in the car park after the last race where everyone is very jolly having had a glass or three!  All the talk from the car park was of two very well known NH trainers having a handbags at dawn on Tuesday evening after having had a couple of glasses!

We have started to get the horses back from grass now as they have been out for nearly two months and are looking quite fat.  We give them a good shampoo, get some shoes on them and ride them round the roads for the next month.  My kids broke up from school last weekend and they now get nearly nine weeks off for the summer holidays which is not bad.  Wish l was a teacher! 

We have got Albert and Kyryl on holiday but have had three new members of staff start in the last week or so.  Have had to mow my lawn quite a bit lately which reminded me of an incident with my ex. Her whole body bucked and heaved as she felt a hot throbbing between her legs. That’s the last time she ever went on my ride-on lawnmower!