Paul Nicholls: Onwards and upwards for all at Ditcheat
Kauto Star is gone and Paul Nicholls is on the lookout for the next occupant of Ditcheat's number one box. Our man explains why he's looking to the future...
I may have to find a horse to fill the number one box sooner rather than later. As Pacha Du Polder next door is getting very lonely already and needs some company. It won’t be a big name horse for now – it may even be one that I own – but I think we need a horse in there pretty soon.
I am sure a lot of you have tuned in to hear my updated thoughts on the Kauto Star situation - but, if so, I am afraid that you will be disappointed.
I said all that there was to say here in this column on Tuesday, and that won't change. Onwards and upwards.
But I suppose seeing the old boy leave here on Tuesday must have been similar to the gut-wrenching feeling and empty-nest syndrome that parents experience when their children move away from home for the first time. To the next stage of their lives.
But, what do I know? I am still saddled with my three - and probably will be for decades to come!
In fact, Megan & Co will probably be ruling the roost and sending a lorry to Ditcheat to take me away to the retirement home before I know it!
To be serious, though, no-one in life can achieve any good with negativity and dwelling on the past - so we all wish Kauto the best and are sure he will be looked after in the manner he has been accustomed to here by Laura and Yogi.
A lot of people have apparently been speculating on who will fill the number one box in the yard now, but we have made no long term plans.
Who knows, it could be Silviniaco Conti down the line - more of him in a minute - and I was originally in no rush to fill it.
But, as a stopgap, I think I may have to find a horse to fill it sooner rather than later. As Pacha Du Polder next door is getting very lonely already and needs some company.
It won't be a big name horse for now - it may even be one that I own - but I think we need a horse in there pretty soon.
Talking of Silviniaco Conti, next stop for him is the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury in February.
His owners Jared and Chris seem to like winning valuable Betfair-sponsored races - Silviniaco won the Betfair Chase obviously, and Zarkandar won the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last year - and for racegoers at Newbury I hope to be able to arrange a bonus.
Denman couldn't make it to the day last year because of injury but I hope to be able to get him to parade before the race named in his honour. If he consents to giving up a day's hunting, that is.
Things didn't go to plan last weekend, but I think some of the comments made on here after a few of the disappointments were out of order.
Horses are horses, not machines, and they disappoint.
And for the record, two of last week's horses, Southfield Theatre and Sam Winner, need some time off now and they probably won't be out until February.
The former came back with sore shins and Sam Winner - who I said here "would improve enormously for the run" and who I was very surprised had been made favourite in the light of that comment - also needs a lot of care after that first run back from a serious injury that saw screws inserted to his fractured knee.
And, at the moment, a break is something that wouldn't go amiss after the stressful and emotional time here this week.
But, like I said, we look and move forward here at Ditcheat.
Onwards and upwards.