They say that if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail but then there is also the old proverb the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. We are all starting to find our feet after nearly a week here at Albert House and despite not everything going according to plan, there has not been a cross word exchanged. Things we could not foresee such as the horse walker pulling to a halt and a gate not opening are just two of the things that have had everyone scrambling on their hands and knees these past seven days. That we have coped in a composed manner is very much down to our leader, Chris calmly looks for solutions when things go wrong so that things soon go right, rather than blaming people for what has gone wrong. This is important and we are starting to build a good team spirit. Chris' wife Shelley has also been fantastic and will soon be putting her phone on silent once she has done her jockey bookings for the day.
Thankfully the horses are settling well into Newmarket life. London Eye was once with Sir Michael Stoute and has often cast his eye in the Bury Road direction and Global Prospector has had a short spell in Newmarket previously. All the other horses currently in the yard are in HQ for the first time. Chris has been focusing on getting all the horses to eat and has been easing them into their new environment. He has had a glint in his eye and has been moving around Albert House with more athleticism than most men half his age. Trying to keep up with him is proving quite the challenge.