Unfortunately we have to start this week's blog with some more tragic news following the death of another close friend and long-time owner having just lost Bill Aspland last week.
Steve Clarke will be a familiar face to many of you thanks to his love of his horses and the success he had on the track with them. You could not meet a more honest man who took all the ups and downs of ownership in his stride and was a pleasure to train horses for.
Having joined us as part of Silver Alliance's syndicate when Walter Swinburn retired from training back in 2011, Steve grew his bloodstock interests once he retired from the insurance industry and went on to breed as well as being a part of many of our syndicates.
He was always in the winners' enclosure with the syndicate horses but breeding a winner in his colours proved fruitless until just this month when Stintino Sunset got her head in front at Leicester. By this stage, Steve was in an induced coma after catching sepsis but the doctors were sure he could still hear what was being said so we can only hope that he went knowing that he had finally bred a winner in his silks.
We will miss Steve in the yard so much and our thoughts go out to his wife Dee and daughter Sharon. His funeral will take place on Thursday 14th September 11.45am at Weeley Crematorium, Colchester Road, Weeley CO16 9JP.
Bill Apland's funeral will be held on Wednesday 30th August 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sunningdale SL5 0JY
Obviously these things put racing results into perspective but the show has to go on and we will be at the races with a few entries this week.
Lady Clemmie has been a bit disappointing in her handicap races this year but she is starting to look really well and has put on plenty of muscle recently so we can only hope that that means better results on the track. She has the ability to win a little race and goes to Chelmsford on Thursday.
The weekend will see us with a couple entries.
I've been struggling to find Grand Duchess Olga a race on the turf so she'll have to go to Chelmsford on Saturday on the all-weather. She wasn't that fit on her debut for us last time so I expect her to improve on that as long as she can handle the new surface.
On Sunday I might have Fen Tiger entered at Brighton if it rains there. He came back to form with a second at Catterick last week and this might be the time of year that he comes to himself so hopefully he can build upon that.