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!