A fine evening, bright and sunny, still on the cool side, good farming weather but racecourses up and down the country watering now to keep the ground safe.  Not so at Ayr where they had a decent drop of rain earlier in the week ahead of the two day Scottish Grand National Meeting which starts tomorrow on what will hopefully still be good to soft ground.

Little Glenshee on her way to an impressive win over hurdles at Ayr last month

Little Glenshee on her way to an impressive win over hurdles at Ayr last month

Assuming that is the case we hope to have two runners ridden by Lucy, starting with Little Glenshee in the 4.10, 8 run, she tackles 3 miles over hurdles for the first time but appeared to stay well when over fences and also appeared to improve to win when switched back to hurdles last time – up 10lb for that though so tomorrow will be tough.   Buffalo Ballet also steps up to 3 miles for the first time in the 4.45, 12 run, we were delighted with his comeback run over the minimum trip and I have always believed he would improve over further so tomorrow will be interesting!

Buffalo Ballet - our two Ayr runners tomorrow are 9yo and were bred at Kinneston and reared together, just great to have them going to Ayr's big meeting together.

Buffalo Ballet – our two Ayr runners tomorrow are 9yo and were bred and reared together at Kinneston.

We have been whizzing around the place a bit this week culminating in dropping Johnny at school this afternoon to join the pre-season cricket tour to Northumberland; somehow he had persuaded me to take him via Paris to watch PSG play Barcelona in the Champions League last night, marvellous stuff, didn’t take much persuading!

"Barca" warming up, to watch Messi & McCoy in the same week is a privilege indeed

“Barca” warming up, to watch Messi & McCoy in the same week is a privilege indeed

Amd football pitched need irrigated as well, impressed to see this system pop up at half time

Amd football pitched need irrigated as well, impressed to see this system pop up at half time