The west coast has escaped the worst of the weather and Ayr’s flexibility in quickly scheduling an extra fixture has been rewarded with a competitive card which should produce excellent racing, however it must first pass a 7.30am inspection and with frost on the way it might be a close call. Fingers crossed, it was a scary old business extracting the two lorries from the snow today, I may be a little downcast if it was all in vain! So, assuming it is on we will have three runners on what will be soft/dead sort of ground rather than heavy; in the 3.40 we run Makhzoon, 13 run and Kit rides, he has top weight but this represents a drop in class for him and Kit will take off a valuable 7lb, it is very competitive and I would just like to see him run a decent race. We then run two fine young horses in the bumper at 4.10, 11 run; Peter Buchanan rides Frankie’s Promise who should have learnt a lot from his first run at Musselburgh and will prefer this track and ground, Kit rides Spinning Away on her racecourse debut – a sister to Buffalo Ballet that I have always held in high regard but is bound to come on for tomorrow’s experience.
Back here it’s been a challenging week (and its only Tuesday!), yesterday’s blizzard closed the gallop and I have deliberately stayed off it since in the hope that by not compacting the snow it will thaw quicker, time will tell. Yesterday in atrocious conditions 33 horses trotted for a mile then steadily cantered for two in the school. Today when it was still snowing in a wet sort of way they had a long warm up in the chool then did 3 sharpish 3 furlong canters up a hill in deep snow. We have drifts 4 feet deep in places and whilst its thawing now it is all due to freeze tonight which might mean we resort to the walker for most of them tomorrow.