I suppose we will start off the News with the main talking point over the past week which was The Druids Nephew and how well he was jumping and travelling throughout the race. As you would expect it was a thrill to have him jumping and travelling so well at that stage of the race but very disappointing that it came to an end. Aiden felt that he was doing a half speed and couldn't have been happier with him at the time. I'm just delighted that it was an easy fall and not a crashing one and that he has come out of the race in good shape. I feel that he is still improving and after giving me my first Chesltenham Festival winner this year you would be hopeful that he can keep flying the flag high. Carole's Destrier also ran at Aintree on the Friday where he found the track too sharp. He was stepping up into Grade 1 company but the tight track was the negative to take out of it but he is a very exciting staying chaser for next season. I haven't had many other runners but I thought that Pink Lips ran well to finish 2nd last night at Kempton. I won't have any runners now for a few days as the ground is a bit firm. There are quite a few of the horses on their summer breaks already, they have been going out to grass during the day and in at night, so the yard is starting to quieten down a bit and the staff are starting to take their holidays. However now that the grass and weeds are starting to grow there will always be some jobs to be done around the yard. It won't be long before we are power washing all the boxes and getting them painted again ready for next season. It is that time of year again when the horse sales come into fashion so I will be working hard to try and find some nice new horses to join the team for next season.
Picture above of my father Brian, brother Mark and Mike Burbidge at the 3rd Fence on the National course at Aintree last Saturday.