It's a trip I look forward to every year and I was very keen to set off on mine and John's annual trip to Dingle races in the west of Ireland. It hasn't been without incident though.
Missing a flight is something most people have done but I must be one of the few who have missed one even though I was at the airport! We all got to Stansted in plenty of time and I bumped into jockey John Egan who was also off to Dingle. After a good chat, I realised the others had gone on so John and myself queued up at what we thought was the right gate. When we got to the front of the queue, the steward told us we were in the wrong place and by the time we got to the right gate, our plane had gone!
After a bit of a panic, we got on a later flight to Cork and then had a long taxi ride to Dingle. By the time I got there, the others were well 'watered' and had settled in nicely by the looks of it!
The major races are taking place today, some of the runners we bought for my pony trainer friend in Ireland.
Needless to say, it hasn't stopped raining!
Whilst Ross has kept things going at home while we're away, I haven't missed any runners as we have nothing entered until Thursday.
That day we could have Pitch High at Beverley as he bids to back up a great second place at Leicester last time. One mile on a stiff track seems to be his optimum and he will get just that here. He is up in grade slightly but is more than capable of running well off his current rating.
We also have a pair of entries at Yarmouth on Thursday.
We have found that Best Example seems to enjoy running from the back of the field and his last two runs have been his best for us. He doesn't find much off the bridle but will be seen to best effect when they go a fast pace a fade at the finish. He has come down to a good mark and should be thereabouts.
Also beside the seaside is Tallulah's Quest. She went very close to winning on handicap debut before getting lost in the soft ground at Lingfield last time. Firmer ground here will see her in a better light and I hope she can go close again.
On Friday we have another load of entries across the country.
Close to home at Newmarket, Casey Banter will be having her third career run. She is improving with experience and this will qualify her for a handicap race next time.
Candesta hasn't shone recently but he is coming down in the weights now and usually comes into winning form towards the end of the summer.
Further afield at Wolverhampton, we have a pair of entries.
Terri Rules was a bit unlucky at Brighton last week when she was squeezed on he rail and went from first to last in a few strides. She ran well on the all-weather the time before that so hopefully she can have a bit more luck this time.
Secret Strategy has struggled in handicaps since winning a maiden but he is gradually coming down to a mark he can be competitive off. He ran well on the all-weather earlier in the year so he shouldn't have any worries in that respect.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADER BOARD
John Chalklin 64
Ken Campbell 63
Ros Taylor 63
George Evans 60
Clare Peacock 60
Kevin Case 55
J Rogers 50
Trevor Mather 49
Christine Sparham 49
John Tucker 49