Cold again this morning, dry though and a cool sort of week forecast, no rain about so conditions will be drying fast. Glory be I must have put the wrong hat on at Ayr on Friday; the rain failed to materialise and all of our runners failed to perform. I knew most needed rain but I still expected better. I suppose the combination of higher grade races off career high marks just found them out at this stage of the season, I also think they have all been running on deep winter ground and had become accustomed to that and couldn’t make the sudden adjustment required, or it may just have been symptomatic of it being the end of a long tough season – whatever it was disappointing especially having had such an excellent season at the track, the only good decision I took was to withdraw Little Glenshee and Marlee Massie.
So the last week of the 2016/17 NH Season beckons and a busy one it will be with Hexham tomorrow, Perth on Wed/Thurs/Fri and our local point-to-point on Saturday – we’ve had a great season and will be hoping we can add to our tally somewhere along the way but it looks like being very competitive especially with the Mullins/Nicholls head to head focussing on Perth for a few days where we hope to have up to a dozen runners; although some of them are reaching the end of long seasons we have a few fresh horses that should run well.
We start at Hexham though and the ground there is heavy after a wet spell at the end of last week, hopefully still wet heavy rather than drying heavy and we have 2 declared runners starting with The Bishop in the 4pm; Lucy rides and 8 run, he won here two starts ago but was found out next time on better ground and in better company – he will have his ground again tomorrow but the company is decent enough for the grade, but he seems in good heart and should give a good account. Then in the 4.35 we run Wicklow Lad in the Hunter Chase, 5 run and Kit rides, he loves this sort of ground and to be honest every time we run him we think it will probably be his last chance before it dries up so we might as well have a spin but it keeps raining so we keep being tempted again – he should run well as long as he isn’t feeling the effects of a busy season.
A nice article about Lucy in Scotland’s newspaper The National – you can read it here and I would draw those of you interested in veterinary matters relating to thoroughbreds (or all performance horses for that matter) to a new website which pleasingly is gaining momentum – The Thoroughbred Health Network – I certainly find it very useful.