Saturday, 18 November 2017

Beautiful autumn colours
Cheltenham yesterday
Our drive.

We chose the right day to go to Cheltenham, as it poured with rain today. Fabulous racing and great atmosphere. It really is the home of racing. We went to the sale afterwards and the prices were very healthy(!) All good for the industry as it is great to see breeders and trainers getting a reward for their hard work,
The horses at home didn't look quite as good when we got back, but having said that they are all going well and we are still hoping to run a couple at Barbury. Budge is definitely going to give Scott his first ride, although annoyingly there isn't a restricted race so he will have to go in a higher grade race than we would have liked. Paddy still hasn't got his riders licence sorted out because of problems with his medical but hopefully it will be sorted out before Cottenham.
The news from Zimbabwe is optimistic, with Mugabe being under house arrest although personally I think that there is so much embedded corruption within the country that the Vice President probably isn't much better. Mugabe is such a stubborn man and has such huge stolen wealth that he still has a certain amount of of power and influence. Personally I think if they were really serious to get rid of him they should have dispatched both him and his dreadful wife, Grace. Just as he would have done in the same situation. At least it is a step in the right direction. Fingers crossed......