Five weeks to the day after breaking her collar bone Lucy was back riding yesterday and I was delighted that her second ride back was a winning one when Little Glenshee battled on bravely to win the Mares Novice Hurdle carrying a double penalty.  An hour later Northern Acres overcame his dislike of the heavy ground and produced the second leg of a double for the yard under Wilson Renwick, two from two for the yard for him this week and not a scenario I would have envisaged at Kelso six weeks ago.

Northern Acres follows Little Glenshee and Tipsy Dara on to the gallop, petulant as ever

Northern Acres follows Little Glenshee and Tipsy Dara on to the gallop, petulant as ever

Four winners from ten runners since we revved up again a week ago, much better than I could have envisaged and, at least for now, they remain in form; I’m quite surprised because  they really haven’t been doing a lot of work, I’m a bit mystified when I look back at the graft we used to give them and Little Glenshee definitely looked on the rotund side yesterday – more Show Ring than Racecourse so I would like to think there could be more to come, won’t be easy to place though as I don’t think she is very well handicapped if we go that route.  Otherwise yesterday Standintheband ran well for a long way before the ground became all too much and he tired to finish 5th, Tipsy Dara was never going, just not quite right on the day, hopefully we can sort her out and have her back in form soon but  11st11lb was always going to be a big ask on that ground.

Two grey mares - Little Glenshee and Tipsy Dara bright and alert after their races at Newcastle yesterday

Two grey mares – Little Glenshee and Tipsy Dara bright and alert after their races at Newcastle yesterday

Plenty of racing next week if the weather behaves and all our potential runners worked nicely this morning, some on the grass, some on the all-weather and schooling for a handful.  Before that tomorrow we head to Lanark for the Dumfriesshire point-to-point, Jamie having his first ride on BackontheRoad in the Men’s Open and Kit riding Ocarina in the Northern Area Club Race.

Slightly alarmed when I opened the fridge early this morning to be greeted by a large lasagne (or “slimy pie” as the greatly missed Mr Timothy used to call it); funny sense of humour Mrs A has, no doubt on special offer, hopefully it is bute free.  I find myself curiously entertained by this latest food scandal, mainly because I think it will produce multiple benefits to the “goodies” in food production as well as serious embarrassment to the “baddies,”  it might also draw attention to the hideous export trade in live horses for horsemeat.  I always wonder when horses leave here how they might fare, we always find them what we believe is a good home but you don’t know where they might ultimately end up, I am also quite sure the “not for consumption” declaration in the passport wont be taken too seriously by the unscrupulous who will simply tear it up.  I often think it would be safer to take them out for a pick of grass and put them to sleep gently once their careers are over, at least then you know….577979_415804445156992_670270904_n (1)