A fine morning and after so much unsettled weather we need a "window" to make the haylage, I have decided to trust the forecast and have pressed the button to mow about 40 acres today, 3 dry days then required to have it all wrapped up for the winter.... I will be watching the sky.
Splendid racing at Perth yesterday afternoon and today we have John Dudgeon's 80th birthday party at the track with the John Dudgeon Happy Birthday Handicap Hurdle at 3.20 in which his colours will be making a welcome reappearance aboard Traffic Article trained by Gordon Elliot and ridden by the inimitable Paul Carberry, its a competitive race but this could be huge......... Lucy is riding Danny John Boy in the same race for Barry Murtagh; she then rides Floreana for the Boswells in the 3.50 and Scotch Warrior for Mike Smith in the 4.20. Regular readers will be aware that she recently moved to Yorkshire for the summer to be nearer where she was expecting to be riding, a little ironic then that this week she should be at Perth, back down tonight but hopefully at Ayr on Sunday by which time she will have turned 21. She won't stop to celebrate but I feel that her real coming of age is today; three rides in handicaps for three different trainers against Walsh, Carberry etc. We have very mixed feelings watching her ride but have to be pleased that her hard work is being recognised on such a public stage..... Fingers crossed this afternoon!