Glorious winter’s morning today, cold and crisp, grass a bit frosty but AW in fine condition and 31 horses had their standard Monday exercise.

Master Butcher (Kit) heads to post

Master Butcher (Kit) heads to post

A welcome winner at Alnwick yesterday when Kit steered Master Butcher to victory in the Restricted Race in a fast time, Afterclass also made a promising debut to finish 3rd in a competitive 16 runner young horse maiden. ¬†Conditions were gruelling over at Carlisle, Landecker ran well for a long way in the Pertemps Qualifier but didn’t quite see it out on the heavy ground and was eased on the run in, The Flaming Matron jumped better than in the past but her effort petered out early and ultimately was disappointing – she seemed fine afterwards and didn’t have a hard time so hopefully she will reappear soon on a flatter track where she should be seen to better effect. ¬†Our only entries this week are at Newcastle on Saturday, Lucy is at Catterick tomorrow to ride Aristo du Plessis in the 1.40 and Dumbarton in the 2.10.