I think that when I hang up my binos & mobile and look back at the fun we had home bred winners ridden by home bred jockeys will always be particularly special and the veteran 13yo Native Coll added to that list today when winning in the gamest of styles under Kit at Alnwick.  An extended 3 miles round a stiff track on very soft ground was always going to be a tough test for a horse that was a two miler under rules but he saw it out bravely, tired tonight though.

Native Coll (Kit)

Native Coll (Kit)

Later in the card Noir et Vert put up a decent show to come 4th in the Men’s Open after a 700 day absence and Ocarina ran well enough on his pointing debut, eased by Kit when tiring in the latter stages, more to come from him with any luck.  Also delighted that Blair (riding) & Dan(training) won the Maiden Race and Gemma had a cracking debut ride on Amulree in the Restricted – all three work in the yard in the mornings and ride their pointers in afternoon, long hours in some  pretty awful weather but the effort rewarded.  After three cancellations it was great to get the Northern Area season off to a belated start and be reminded what fun and afternoon point-to-pointing can be.

Speaking of cancellations I was in fairly poor humour when Ayr’s meeting tomorrow was abandoned early this morning, the dreaded weather intervening again, hopefully Carlile on Wednesday wont suffer the same fate but its back to the drawing board so far as working out who runs where this week.  Good to be reassured today that the horses are fit and well after the quiet spell and interrupted training of the past few weeks, can sleep a little easier again!