A glorious spring morning, a wonderful day for exercising horses, working on the all weather first lot, on the grass second lot and some schooling third lot for Monday runners and the point-to-pointers. Slightly weary after an exciting few days, Kit had a fantastic spin in the Foxhunters on Top Cat Henry, leading the field over The Chair and jumping immaculately until he started to tire, a thoroughly enjoyable day out and a privilege to be part of such a fantastic occasion.

Wicklow Lad cooling off this morning

On Wednesday Calivigny ran well to be 4th at Carlisle, not beaten far at all in the end he was just a little out-paced when they quickened, he will step up to 3 miles now.   It is amazing how quickly things are drying up, Kelso heavy on Sunday but watering by Friday, Newcastle have had to put 17mm on ground that had dried quickly.  No runners at the latter today, to be honest I would struggle to support a card with such poor prize money on a Saturday and the ground gave us the perfect excuse not to, hopefully we will have a few runners at Kelso on Monday and at the Morpeth point-to-point tomorrow.

Final Reminder

Lucy is at Newcastle to ride Lycidas in the 4.30 and Sky Full of Stars in the 4pm but all eyes will be on Aintree where the highlight on an excellent card is of course the Grand National.  Surely this is the highest class and most competitive renewal of this race ever staged, goodness knows who will win in but my heart will be willing on One for Arthur and if he can’t do it the North’s other two representatives, Highland Lodge and Definitely Red, most particularly the former though it is going to take a very good horse indeed to win today’s race.