Court Affairs First time out at Carlisle, followed by Chesterfield and Landin at Aintree

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Morning All – just waved James and Reg off on their world tour. They’ve taken the big lorry with three horses on board to Carlisle for COURT AFFAIRS debut run this afternoon – hopeful.

They are then off to stop over at Haydock tonight (base camp!) before travelling to Aintree tomorrow with LANDIN (again hopeful) then back to base camp and then travelling back on Grand National Day (Saturday) with CHESTERFIELD to Aintree to run in the conditional jockeys race (race time 6.15) – again, hopeful.

God help the Liverpool lasses with those two on the loose! James packed his assortment of aftershaves whilst Reg turned up this morning with all of his on!. I think Reg must have dug deep because I understand he was wearing Old Spice and Brut – splash it all over Reg!

I’m off this afternoon to Wincanton with HOOVES THE DADDY – first time out in the bumper – again, hopeful.

I must mention that our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of James McNeile who passed away last Saturday after suffering a nasty fall at Larkhill Point to Point meeting. I am sure that James died competing in the sport that he loved and having ridden myself professionally for many years you appreciate there is always an element of risk that cannot wholly be removed but tragic incidents like this are exceptionally rare.