Colder today, the wind is in the North,  but a glorious week of autumn sunshine.  An emotional time for everyone and I feel blessed to have horses to train every morning; as Roger Varian expressed so eloquently after winning the St Leger on Saturday, horses give us something to look forward to.  Top class racing across Europe last Sunday emphasised that point with so many stellar performances but I was with human athletes in South Shields and after watching the elite runners clock truly amazing times, I was hugely pleased for Kit and Johnny who both ran exceptionally well to record times of 1h 24m and 1h 19m respectively – a real “proud Dad” moment.

Well done! Clearly being desk-bound not impeding fitness

Thanks to many of you they have also raised just shy of £6k for The Injured Jockeys Fund which is amazing – we will keep the page open until later in the month in case anyone else feels like chipping in for this wonderful cause – you can do so here.  We are in the midst of National Racehorse Week; celebrating the racehorse feels especially poignant this year and I am pleased that we have two groups of 30 booked in to visit the yard tomorrow, I am aware that the visits were filled very quickly and many people were disappointed – if you were one of those please do get in touch as we are always happy to welcome people to visit the yard on a pre-arranged basis, ideally in return for a Charitable donation.

Those who would like an insight into the daily life here at Kinneston would enjoy the “day in the life of” article in the Racing Post two weeks ago – you can read it here.  One thing that I am really looking forward to is the new four part documentary about Oisin Murphy, you can watch the trailer here, it looks excellent and the first part is released next Friday 23rd on Amazon Prime.

No runners next week at Perth which is disappointing as we are hosting our Owners Lunch there on Wednesday and I would have loved to have had a few Kinneston runners to benefit the hard-pressed bookmaking community but they aren’t quite ready yet.  Things are going well though and with the arrival of four lovely 3yo’s from their pre-training yards last week we are chocabloc which is just where we want to be, as ever we won’t be rushing anything but with a bit of luck we should have plenty of horses ready to run later next month – rain please.

Loch Leven yesterday from the top of Kinneston