A bleak, miserable morning here at Warren Chase as the rain pelts down and the first lot are about to pull out.
But in contrast to the weather a lovely calm and quiet has returned and the yard is finally complete with happy horses stabled in my two new American barns.
Like many National Hunt yards it's quiet on the racing side as we prep the winter horses and freshen the summer ones up for a last campaign. My winter horses look a lovely bunch, many of which haven't seen a race track before and so will not be over raced.
The latest on my stable's recent efforts and upcoming entries
Hongkong Adventure was disappointing last week, having travelled well he didn't appear to get home over 2m 4f therefore he is out again quickly today with a drop down in trip.
Tunnel Creek will have his first run for me at Worcester tomorrow. He's a bonny little horse who should run well if he repeats his best form in Ireland. It is a hands and heels race and Fergus Gregory will ride.
Skilled will also go to Worcester in search of a three-timer. He is going the right way at home and will have champion Richard Johnson riding so I don't see any reason why he won't go well again.
Plenty of promise from some pleasing arrivals
I went to Goffs Doncaster sales on Wednesday where I purchased three horses - Ataman, More Than Luck and Hurricane Rita. All are lovely types and will be competitive throughout the winter months. All are for sale at the moment.
There are a few of the horses that are pleasing me at home and would not be far off a run including Royal Plaza, who has joined us from Alan King's yard and is a brother to the talented Royal Regatta. He has some solid handicapping form to his name and is likely to go to Worcester a week today for a beginners chase.
Undefined Beauty, a filly, is another to have joined us recently and she will head to Warwick on the 26th. She's done a few nice pieces of work and I'd hope she will be able to win a handicap off her mark.
I've a bonny little horse called Sandy Cove, who looks unexposed over hurdles and there is still 25% share available. He goes nicely and I'm looking forward to running him. Please contact me for more info.
Gearing up for a winter assault on the trainers' table
As the winter is approaching, I plan to take a load of my National Hunt horses for a racecourse gallop at Towcester almost a month to the day (October 12).
It is all very exciting here at Warren Chase and after having a great start, we are now itching to get going as we enter the winter months and climb that trainers table.