I have now tried for a good 10 minutes to get young Buzz, my six-month old Labrador, to jump off my lap with no luck, so I’m just going to start with him there.

Hello everyone, hope you are all well and have enjoyed your week, I most certainly have. As always at this time of year it has been yet another manic week with lots of racing, racecourse galloping, riding out and, most importantly of all, winners included.

From Plumpton on Monday to Ascot on Saturday our horses all ran well with the star of the show being Politologue who, having jumped beautifully in the hands of Sam, put in a polished display winning his seasonal reappearance.

He is a funny horse as he travels like a dream into his races only to idle like mad when he gets to the front, something he has always done and a trait which results in him never winning a race by too far. He is such a special horse though and I cannot wait to see him race again this year with all roads now leading to the King George on Boxing Day, a race I know Paul believes will suit him perfectly where his strong-travelling style will stand him in good stead.

Last Monday Getaway Trump, a thoroughly likeable, forward-going novice hurdler, began the week in the best possible way, cruising through his race to win well for his owners’ group syndicate, many of which were present to watch.

They all had their pictures taken with Trump after the race and went to pick up their trophy which all in all made for a great day for the owners’ group. I really do think it is such a great idea to be able to get involved in racing for such a little amount of money and the more people and fans we can encourage to become closely involved in the sport the better. Trump is a really solid, likeable type (unlike his namesake!) who will improve the more he learns to settle, but in all truth until he jumps fences we will not see him at his best.

Dancer struts his stuff

Other winners during the week included Capeland and Rhythm Is A Dancer at Wincanton who both completed their tasks with little fuss, while Favorito Buck’s posted what was without doubt a career-best around Ascot on Friday, jumping well and staying on powerfully under an excellent ride from Harry.

Training winners at Ascot is always great, but to have winners there from the de la Hey family is extra special as it is their local track and they love to win there. Favorito has always had his fair share of ability, but has developed a bit of opinion throughout the years, however he loved making the running on Friday and has never looked more willing to get the job done.

With this weekend’s Ladbroke winter carnival to look forward to, Newbury opened their gates on Tuesday for a morning of gallop watching, with Paul eager to get Topofthegame out on the grass he jumped at the chance of giving him a school down the Newbury back straight so off to Berkshire we headed.

This was without doubt the highlight of my week. It was great to see Topofthegame accompanied by Chameron stretching out over the back straight at Newbury and hopefully that will stand him in good stead for when he runs in the not too distant future. Really high class horses like him embarking on a chasing career is what our game is all about and I am looking forward to seeing him out on the track this season.

Rose return a boost for everyone

For the regulars amongst you I am thrilled to inform you that Rose has been discharged from hospital and is back with her family at home, something that has given her a huge boost. She still has months and months of recovery to go but getting home for Rose was a massive deal, it is however now slightly questionable that the ‘no chocolate or alcohol’ rules will be adhered to so strictly!

The only bad bit of news from the past week is the sad fact that ‘Jack Frost’ has once again paid us a visit giving me chance to try out our fully refurbished salting spreading machine Gary. Gary attaches onto the back of big red truck and spreads the salt and, with its new lick of paint, new joints and spinning device we will now laugh in the face of frost, well I say we! Yours truly driving the truck with the heating on will laugh, not so sure about Natalie in the back of the truck feeding the salt. “This job isn’t as bad as you said it was Harry,” was Natalie’s response following our first hour of salting together – I’ll give her until January and I’m confident that opinion will change.

Go well, Harry.