Tuesday, 12 January 2016


We had four red letter days here on Saturday and they were all very good fun. Will Stuart picked me up and took me to Newmarket where we were going to David Batten's retirement party in The Jockey Club rooms. David is a cousin of mine and has worked for Tattersalls for an impressive 47 years, which is of course a lifetime! What was extraordinary about the evening, was that the woman who was sat next to him, turned out ton be his half sister, which he was previously totally unaware of, which was quite like winning the lottery. It was a very good dinner. My sister Caroline and her husband Mark Hunter were there as well.

We had a very good lunch the next day at The Three Blackbirds, which was just outside Newmarket, before Will drove me home.

We had a good lunch in The Malt for the Monday club. There was no jump racing on.

The weather has been appalling again today - we are quite keen to run one or two horses but the ground is just too soft, although we do have Morney Wing running at Taunton tomorrow for The Steeplechasers. Denis O'Regan rides him - the partnership won last time out; I don't think Morney Wing had an overly hard race last time, and he came out of it well, so we're hopeful for a good run. The track will hopefully suit him, but as expected, all courses are extra specially hard work at the moment.

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