Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Season of relative inactivity

We've made it through to December 28th.  I bumped into someone in the town about a week before Christmas and was asked whether I was doing some 'last-minute Christmas shopping'.  My idea of last-minute preparations are a bit more last-minute than hers, but somehow or other Christmas arrived and I was not as unprepared for it as my lack of preparation might have meant.  And very pleasant it was too.  As was our trip to Huntingdon on Boxing Day, when Delatite ran a nice race to finish sixth of the 12 runners in the bumper on his debut.  Joshua Moore had been booked to ride, but he was injured in a fall earlier in the afternoon so Tom Garner stood in and proved an excellent substitute (as I had expected as we already knew him to be a very good young jockey).

Other than that, I've eaten more than I should without being a glutton, and drank more than I should without going overboard.  I've done less work than I should, but have still ridden two or three horses every day and done plenty in the stable.  I've watched less television than I would have liked, and read less than I would have liked.  And I still haven't submitted my VAT return, which is due on or before 31st December.  So I haven't done very much at all, really, but that's supposedly what 'the festive season' is about nowadays, I believe.

1 comment:

James said...

Seasons greetings John. Put your feet up ol chap, you are more than entitled to take a breather at this time of year.
Gerry and I are still shell shocked at missing out on your 100/1 at Huntingdon last month in the bumper. I stayed on especially to watch yours and Gerrys horses running in the same race, and couldn't help but notice your keeness to have a little flutter from my viewpoint on the steps in the stands. The tapes were very soon to be lifted and so I frantically searched my pockets for some small change to have my usual £2 win, but alas all I had was a debit card. I couldn't get on so watched in anticipation as your horse romped home, and of course I was thrilled to see your horse win. I've always wanted to back a 100/1 shot winner and had it been trained by your good self that would have meant something extra special, so I was indeed gutted but pleased for you of course.
I still have nightmares about it!
Here's wishing you and yours all the best for 2017.
Yours ever,
James and Gerry.