Wintery weather now, some snow and ice but an early inspection of the gallop indicates we should be OK to proceed as planned this morning, forecast shocking, most especially in the South West where the apocalyptic conditions look set to worsen.  At last the government are throwing all they can at trying to help but conditions in Somerset have been like this for many weeks and the cynical might be tempted to think that it is only since the threat has crept up the Thames Valley that Westminster is at last taking it seriously, and desperately serious as it is I can help being deeply irritatied by posturing politicians  in hard hats and florescent jackets trying to give the appearance they are  actually doing something useful. ” Too late mate” I am am afraid, anyway, onto matters less gloomy, delighted with two of our runners yesterday at Ayr, Wicklow Lad ran right up to his very best to finish a good 2nd in the feature chase and Gold Opera put up a most promising debut effort to finish a close 3rd in the bumper – thrilled I was but The Orange Rogue ran a flat race, perhaps came a little soon after his heavy fall there last time.1920236_685674131475405_1405023524_n  On to Musselburgh today where we run Backontheroad in the 4.25, Jamie rides, 11 run,  he should shape better than last week but has a bit to find with a few of them, then Always Tipsy runs in the 4.55, 11 again, Kit riding, he ran a promising race to be 3rd first time out, he should have come on for that but his looks a better race.