Blizzards, heavy rain and gales en route to the point-to-point yesterday but the sun came out in time for racing and a heart-warming performance from the gallant 13yo Noir et Vert who saw off 9 rivals to win a competitive Men’s Open under the Northern Area’s senior jockey JFA giving us all a day to remember; Noir et Vert started his career at Auteuil in 2005, won five races under rules and since joining us in 2010 has now finished first or second in 11 of his 17 point-to-points as well as being placed in all 3 of his Hunter Chase starts, as for his rider, well, he doesn’t seem to be slowing up, like a good cheese I hear people say, improving with age.  King Brex ran well for a long way sharing the lead with his stablemate, he showed the renewed enthusiasm we had seen at home but was a bit sore after the race and we will need to see how he is before making any plans.

Noir et Vert, JFA & Toni

Noir et Vert, JFA & Toni

So, today, Lucy back in the saddle at Ayr where the meeting has passed an early inspection and we have three runners starting with Marlee Mourinho (Brian Harding) and The Orange Rogue (Lucy) in the 1.15, 7 run, the ground will be heavy which won’t suit “Mourinho” but he needs more experience before he goes chasing, it will be perfect for “The Rogue” who ran well to be 2nd oh his hurdling debut at the track last time, this looks more competitive and he will be better over further but he should run well again.  Later in the afternoon we run Northern Acres in the 3.50, Lucy riding, 9 run, unlucky last time when coming down at the 2nd last at Newcastle he has a bit more weight today but is in good heart and shouldn’t be too far away if he handles the deep ground.  As for Knockara Beau and the Charltons –  just brilliant and the best sight of the year was seeing Alistair in that famous enclosure.