Friday, 26 August 2011


The Paddy Premium on the Riverbank earlier this summer - no dust now!
Busy week, horses all going really well, now doing 3 7f canters on the the riverbank sand gallop combined with steady stuff on the all-weather; weather permitting we will have a 6f round gallop harrowed on the stubble later today, then we can really push on, just at that exciting stage when the young horses from last year are showing themselves to be much stronger and focussed. Otherwise a real treat from Mrs A when she took me to see the opera Semiramade at the Edinburgh Festival last night, she thought a 6pm start time would be perfect for going out to supper afterwards, she didn't realise it lasted four and a half hours, hmm, actually it was marvellous and we both stayed the trip but SHE was the one that nodded off, not me, despite a busy day involving guests for first lot and a whistlestop trip to Aberdeenshire for the opening of the magnificent new Scottish SPCA animal rescue centre at Drumoak - superior stamina I say.  A fun weekend beckons with golf on the Old Course this afternoon after a light lunch at the R&A, harrowing the gallops this evening, hopefully a productive Saturday morning with the horses then catching up in the office pm prior to watching Lucy ride Sartingo for Alan Swinbank in the 5.20 at Redcar then out to dinner followed by a trip to St James's Park on Sunday to watch Newcastle thrash Fulham (ha ha) - a 1pm kick-off, how civilised, will be back home for evening stables on Sunday night.

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