Wild and windy today but a top morning jumping a few young horses off the flat that are scheduled for a spring campaign over hurdles, nothing better than seeing the penny drop, also spent some time jumping some of the older ones who seems to be struggling with their fluency.  A quiet week on the racing front with only likely action the Percy p2p on Sunday if I can summon up the energy to drive down there again after yesterday, also am expected at Murrayfield, we will see what happens… Mrs A had a absurdly busy schedule driving her taxi yesterday afternoon to hockey matches and returning the younger two (and their gerbils!) to school, she kindly let me off after my 5 hour trip to Northumberland, I was left with a little time for contemplation and found myself on the scales – OMG!!! – disaster and emergency review of diet and exercise regime underway…

Sydney Cove has gone home for a short break, his run last week when 2nd at Ayr was possibly his best to date, I hope he can return to the track in the same fettle in the spring, he has become an unlikely favourite in the yard, here are another couple of fine pictures from Ayr taken by Frank Cornfield
Joe, Sydney and Kelly
The debrief……….

Nomadic Lucy has a busy day at Wetherby tomorrow…. Stanley Bridge in the 1.40, Naiad de Misselot in the 2.10, Bandamanan in the 2.40, Nine de Sivola in the 3.15 and Storm Surge in teh 4.25.