It was a pleasure to welcome owner Michael Owen, along with members of the Manchester United squad and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson, to the yard a couple of weeks ago and I took the opportunity to arrange a little photo (see left) as a memento!

Michael has had several horses with us in recent years and having had 11 winners at a strike-rate of 28% with us I am hopeful I can convince some of his colleagues to follow him into racehorse ownership!

It was a very enjoyable morning, though I am sure the lads felt under a bit more pressure when schooling in front of our famous guests! Michael Owen is pictured left, with Peaks Of Fire (Jason Kiely) and Postmaster (Gareth Ball) in the background.

I was delighted to get a winner on the board at Perth today after a couple of near misses this week, with Makhzoon benefitting from the drop in grade to win the claiming hurdle under Richard Johnson, giving us our 7th winner of the new season.