Hey everyone, I’m writing this in Madrid airport on my way home from Gijon. It was a super show as always and without doubt one of my favourites.
The facilities were excellent, the packed crowds who love their gambling created a wonderful atmosphere and the artistic fences designed by resident course designer Avelino Rodriguez Miravalles rounded off the perfect spectacle.
My horses all jumped great. Ballymore Eustace has really developed this summer and was clear all three days in 1m45 classes and placed third and sixth. Splendor was unlucky in the Grand Prix qualifier, having the fastest time but sadly lowering the second last. He went on to finish eighth in the Grand Prix, having a fence down in both rounds but jumped well and will be ready for Madrid should anything happen to anyone else and if we should be required.
Carpe Diem jumped outstanding all week. I aimed him at the main class on Sunday where he jumped a double clear in classy style. He's an exciting animal who I’m really looking forward to big things from.
Back to Karlswood for the week and help my team get organised for Cavan which start next Tuesday. My horses have two weeks break ahead of Barcelona.