A glorious winter’s day; crisp, clear and bright and a squad of riders in to take out most of this week’s intended runners.  Weather permitting we will head to Kelso tomorrow (6.45am inspection due to forecast frost) and we hope to have five runners starting with Calivigny who makes his hurdling debut in the 12.15, Lucy rides, 13 run and the ground will be soft.  A nice introduction is what is required, he should stay well having been runner up in an Irish point-to-point in the spring.  Then veteran course specialist Or De Grugy makes his seasonal reappearance in the 12.50, Lucy riding and 6 run, he has taken a while to come to hand this season but the course, trip and ground should be perfect for him and he has run well fresh in the past.  We are then responsible for a third of the 6 runner field in the mares novice hurdle at 1.20 and according to official ratings will fill the last two positions, Lucy rides Presently Tipsy and Kit rides Bracing; they are both nice young mares who are learning about racing and should find better opportunities in handicaps in due course.  Last but not least we run Little Glenshee in the 1.55, Lucy on board and 9 run, this represents a drop in class for her and she has to give weight to the whole field, she seems in very good order but the ground is unlikely to be soft enough for her to be at her most effective over this trip.  Lucy also rides Lord Wishes in the 2.55 and Bogside in the 3.25.

Looking West - one of my favourite Kinneston views this morning

Looking West – one of my favourite Kinneston views this morning