Stiff easterly breeze but strangely mild, black skies to the South but dry here so far.  Only a dozen to ride this morning and time spent studying the raceplanner, as enthusiastic as ever after some great racing at Perth this week but medium term only a dozen fixtures from 23rd June until 25th September means it makes more sense to turn more away, the horses outside look so relaxed and happy with the emerging spring grass that it makes you realise where National Hunt horses should be at this time of year.

Frankie's Promise (left) and Wise Man (right) - providers of milestone wins at either end of Lucy's career to date, now grazing together - I place great value on this sort of continuity

Frankie’s Promise (left) and Wise Man (right) – providers of milestone wins at both ends of Lucy’s career to date, now grazing together – I place great value on this sort of continuity

Important business tomorrow though as Fife launches a strong raiding party to the Haydon p2p at Hexham in a last ditch effort to try to secure a historic win in the Hunt championship.  Four from this yard;  Flaming Thistle, Noir et Vert, Ocarina and Native Coll and it looks like it will be fiercely competitive.  Lucy back in action last night at Aintree and today she rides two on the flat at Thirsk, Caledonia in the 4.35 and Mister Pagan in the 6.20.

Ocarina

Ocarina

Blackmore and Wicklow Lad arrived safely from Doncaster Sales, I am delighted with both of them and they have settled in quickly, Elmaatigra has returned from Clydevet where he has been following the injury he sustained at the Perth Festival, he is in good heart but will need plenty of time, Isla Pearl Fisher sustained a fracture to his pastern whilst schooling prior to his intended engagement at Perth on Thursday, he was successfully operated on at the Weipers Centre in Glasgow yesterday and will hopefully be home next week – raining now.

Native Coll, tomorrow's race will be his 46th start for the yard and possibly his last.

Native Coll, tomorrow’s race will be his 46th start for the yard and possibly his last.