So the last storm has blown through, clear now and much cooler this evening, a few days respite before the winds are due to return at the end of the week.  A wet morning and schooling over hurdles for Presently Tipsy, Clan Legend and Afterclass – fences for Another Mattie, Wicklow Gold and The Orange Rogue – all jumping well and the work we did on the schooling ground during the summer seems to be paying off with the thick sward of grass protecting the underlying turf and allowing us to do plenty of jumping on the rain softened ground.

El Fontan - by Verglas, there is a lovely and talented 3yo filly by this stallion out of a Slip Anchor mare selling at Newmarket on Thursday - I would love to buy her for someone!

El Fontan – by Verglas, there is a lovely and talented 3yo filly by this dual purpose stallion out of a Slip Anchor mare selling at Newmarket on Thursday – I would love to buy her for someone!

An encouraging day yesterday at Ayr,  El Fontan running well for a long way and appearing still to have plenty of zest for the game  and then Spinning Away and Dutch Canyon performing with credit in the bumper until tiring late on, both well over 550kg they are big solid horses that should progress through the winter.

Spinning Away

Spinning Away

Encouraging also from the racecourse’s perspective, this was a new meeting put on to meet a perceived demand and delighted to see it so well supported with 140+ entries translating into 70+ runners and plenty of quality among the participants. Will hopefully be back there on Saturday, we also have entries at Wetherby on Friday and Carlisle on Sunday.

Dutch Canyon

Dutch Canyon