Thursday, October 01, 2015

Sunny side up

On Sunday morning, the last Sunday of September, I was rash enough to say that it was one of the loveliest mornings of the year.  You can see a view of the Severals here, seen through Blue Sea Of Ibrox's ears, and you'll understand what I mean, because it really was absolutely lovely.  I'd have to say, though, that things have got even better.  It's been a divine week of Indian summer. Yesterday was glorious, and today even better, with the fog that was with us at dawn making it even better.

Anyway, apart from that photograph in the first paragraph taken on Sunday, the rest of the pictures were taken either yesterday (this one) or today (the other two).  They say it all - and the fact that today was the first of October make it even more something to be savoured.  After the rain at the start of last week, particularly on the Monday which really was dreadful, it took the ground a while to dry out, but even the ground is dry now, so all in all it is just lovely: perfect summer conditions, with the only differences being that the temperatures don't shoot up through the 20s, and the days are significantly shorter.  We're past the autumn equinox, so they're already now shorter than the nights.

I think that the weather is likely to hold good for a few more days, even if it might be asking a bit much for us to continue to enjoy the perfection which we have savoured yesterday and today.  We'll be off to Wolverhampton tomorrow evening with Blue Sea Of Ibrox, whom I am really looking forward to running.  One might think this odd (but it won't come as a surprise to regular observers of AW maidens) but I think that the maiden which she is due to contest on the Tapeta tomorrow might be harder to win than the turf maiden which she failed to win (ie she finished second) at Pontefract last time.

Luca runs Bess Of Hardwicke in tomorrow's race, and really it's hard to make a case for anything else in the race other than her.  Off the top of my head, she's a Dansili half-sister to Coronation Cup winner Ask, and she ran a very nice race on debut at Newmarket in May.  She's had a let-up since then and tomorrow will be only her second run.  But she'll be well prepared for tomorrow's race, and she will be far and away the most likely winner in the race.  But Blue Sea Of Ibrox is really thriving, and I hope that she'll run another very creditable race tomorrow.  And then we shall have Cottesloe running in the same Stewart Brown colours at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, and he generally runs well.  So we'll cross our fingers and continue to travel hopefully.

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