When I’ve not been up at the crack of dawn riding out I’ve been traipsing around the shops trying to find some food that my dog Merlin will actually eat!
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He’s a whippet and he has a mind of his own. He is great fun to be around and is a lovely dog, but he has become an incredibly fussy eater.
The food that he used to love is apparently not good enough anymore and it’s been a battle trying to get him to play ball!
I finally discovered that he likes having his new biscuits mixed with a bit of milk – but if anyone has any tips on how to get fussy dogs to eat then please let me know.
I got some positive news from Dr Jerry Hill and the medical team at the BHA this week as I get ready to make my return from injury.
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I’ve been placed on the ‘amber’ medical list, which means you can be booked for rides but have to be cleared by a doctor at the track before being given the all-clear.
It would be incredible to return with a bang – every jockey wants a winner on their first ride back after a lay-off.
I don’t have a specific date in mind, but my aim is to come back on a horse that will look after me and who has a good chance.
Things have been ticking over nicely at Ditcheat as we continue to build up to the jumps season proper in a few weeks.
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But I managed to have a lovely weekend back home in Devon with my family, as my brother Hadden and his lovely wife Bethany were over from America on their honeymoon.
We had a bit of a party with a hog roast and some music and it was great to see some relatives and friends I haven’t seen for a while.
On Sunday we all went out for a ride on Dartmoor and we stopped off at the village pub on the way back for a pint of cider.
A lot of my family hadn’t had a chance to meet my lad Black Corton yet, so it was great to show him off.
The nights are starting to draw in and there is a chill in the air in the mornings – the proper racing is just around the corner!
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