Having arrived at a rain-soaked Fontwell some 20 minutes ago, the decision to withdraw Get The Appeal has already been taken so while I wait for Mr Cobden and Mr Williams to ride their horses for other connections I have penned a little blog.

It is Tuesday today and across the land I’m very confident many racing journalists are waking up with almighty hangovers after yesterday’s HWPA awards lunch in London.

This lunch is always a fun afternoon and the type of event you never leave thirsty.

Paul and I were hosted by Barry Orr from Betfair so a big thank you to him for having us. I had a good draw in the seat stakes with Kate Austin one side of me, a lifelong racing fan, West Ham fan, ex-head teacher and current racehorse owner so there were stories a plenty and thoroughly enjoyable ones too.

The other side of me was Kevin Blake which was not so fun, but occasionally he said something fun! We disagreed when he’d cheer for the Irish winners of the awards and he gave me plenty of stick in turn.

Fortunately, we did not miss the 8:04pm from Paddington last night and were up and rearing to go again this morning. My father however, who was on a different table to us, described himself this morning as “a little jaded” – the red wine stain on his shirt perhaps an indicator as to why.

In terms of the racing the past week, there is really only one place to start I think after Greaneteen and Bryony’s heroics in the Betfair Tingle Creek on Saturday, a particularly satisfying win with it being his plan since Sandown all the way back in April.

I was sadly not at Sandown on Saturday instead on duty at Chepstow, but Charlie and Paul explained to me how the reception the two of them got was incredibly special and I know from talking to an extremely over-excited Bryony that evening that it was certainly appreciated.

As it was by his owner Chris Giles who told me that the Tingle Creek has always been on the bucket list of races he wanted to win and yesterday he was still on cloud nine.

Greaneteen is such an exciting horse when he is at his best with his pinpoint accurate jumping and his high cruising speed combining to make a lethal mix. He travelled into the race effortlessly and quickened from two out to the last to win his race.

Hitman, who I have to keep reminding myself is only five, ran a brilliant race. He like Greaneteen last year is still getting to grips with racing at that level but I have no doubt in the years to come he too will take centre stage.

I get so bored of hearing that horses did not perform and how races end up being “weak Grade Ones” as I know that work that goes into every horse, I also know how bloody hard it is to get a horse to Grade One level let alone win one.

Sure, two of them did not perform to their best, but Greaneteen was a brilliant winner on the day and I think he deserves a lot of credit.

Highland Hunter and Samarrive made it a treble at Sandown on the day with Harry producing Highland Hunter to perfection to take the lead at the last, he is an improving stayer and hopefully there will be plenty more big prizes in him over those marathon trips.

The last of the winners there was Samarrive who got caught out by a bit of inexperience at Cheltenham in October but has really got the hang of things now and scooted up the hill to win like a very promising horse. I should imagine you will start to see the best of him next season when jumping fences as he really loves his jumping.

One of the highlights of my week on a personal note came at Wincanton on Thursday when Rainyday Woman won very easily under Harry, for owner Steve White.

Steve owned a lovely young horse called Offyoupop who very sadly lost his life racing at Chepstow only a few weeks ago so it was extremely sweet to train a winner for him with Rainy. She is a nice mare who I am sure will keep improving.

Earlier last week I popped up a picture of Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon together in their work at hone which received a bit of attention as the King George approaches and happily they are both looking great and doing really well, as too is Saint Calvados who hopefully will take his chance in the same race.

I had better also give you all a One Journey update too. She is continuing to do really nicely and jumped some flights of hurdles on grass this morning with Harry aboard her and loved it once again which was great to see.

She holds of couple of entries this week so it will remain to see if she runs then or sometime next week but we all are completely charmed by her personality so hopefully when she does get to the racecourse she will be able to put her best foot forwards.

Talking of lovely fillies or mares, while Paul and I were in London yesterday the quite wonderful Miranda won again at Ludlow once again under Angus.

Miranda really is such a lovely little mare who has won loads of races for owner’s group and been a joy to train for Paul. She is tough, consistent and, after Angus and her and a slight mishap at the start, they did amazingly well to get back up and win giving all of her field at least a stone.

The final point I am going to touch on this week is Take Your Time winning at Chepstow on Saturday and, while he is a really progressive horse who stays extremely well, I am not going to say any more about him as for the man on top Lorcan Williams, it was a hugely significant day as that was his 75th winner which meant he rode out his claim.

Lorcan first came to Ditcheat as a fifteen-year-old school boy having won a week’s work experience at Pauls after his pony racing exploits. He stayed with me that week and we have got on well since.

After Lorcan finished school (some reports say he may never have started) he came to join Paul full time and, while there have been a few bumps in the road since, he has become a really fine young man and a quality rider to go with it.

Lorcan does an awful lot of work at home with us schooling the young horses and teaching the ex-flat horses to jump and this season Paul has supported him with some excellent opportunities which he is grabbing with both hands.

I was really proud and happy for Lorc and I hope for him that it will be the first of many really good things he achieves in the saddle.

We no doubt will chat soon. Until we do however, go well.