7.30am, pitch dark and pouring with rain.  After a fine spell of autumn weather another deluge but we have had a productive time with the horses this week, plenty of schooling on perfect ground and some exciting fast work on the grass gallops as well as the usual exercise in the schools and on the all-weather.  With the cattle away for the winter there are plenty of other bits of grass to work on now and we have easy access to the forestry when the horses need a quieter day.

Looking East in Kinneston Forest

With heavy ground up and down the country Hexham is no exception and if they survive a 2pm inspection we hope to have four runners; Papamoa makes his chasing debut in the 2.10, 11 run and Lucy rides – one would expect two miles to be on the sharp side for him but he should handle the ground and track, a clear round will be the main priority. In the 2.45 Issabella Gem (Lucy) makes her stable and hurdling debut, 9 run.  She is an attractive forward going mare who has plenty of speed and jumps well, she handled soft on the flat and time will tell if she is suited by “Hexham heavy.”

Issabella Gem

We run Tipsy Dara (Lucy) in the 3.20,6 run, she should handle the conditions and has won at the course so let’s hope she is fit!  Finally Isla Patriot goes in the 3.55, Peter Buchanan rides and 7 run.  He semms to have strengthened up a bit over the summer and has run well at the track in the past.  No runners at Carlisle today but Lucy in action in the 2.10 on King’s Chorister, the 3.20 on Danny John Boy and the 4.30 on Carrieteau.  Aficionados of National Hunt racing shouldn’t miss the 5pm from Carlisle today, a cracking novice chase for the time of year and perhaps a small victory for the BHA  and their much derided changes to the Novice Chase programme.

Tipsy Dara – on holiday no more!