Much colder here today and some “weather” coming in over the weekend, we haven’t seen the back of winter yet, horses in fine form this morning with plenty working on the grass and some schooling for Buffalo Ballet, Titian Boy and Jet Master.

Bracing came from well off the pace to grab the race in the shadow of the post - I'm glad I'm not an in-running punter, someone laid her at 300-1 coming to the last, wonder if it was the same person that backed Ceilidh at 1-20 on at the same stage!

Bracing came from well off the pace to grab the race in the shadow of the post – I’m glad I’m not an in-running punter, someone laid her at 300-1 coming to the last, wonder if it was the same person that backed Ceilidh at 1-20 on at the same stage!

Bacons rolls again tomorrow after a stirring last gasp success from Bracing under a strong drive from Kit at Musselburgh yesterday, just as well as I was beginning to wonder if family Alexander were going to be left to exercise all the horses thenselves this Saturday after another week of hitting the crossbar.

Can't beat a home bred family winner!

Can’t beat a home bred family winner!

Home bred winners are always particularly special and I was delighted for the Bissett family, especially Catch who has been so closely involved in the training of Bracing.

Catch, Bracing and Kelly

Catch, Bracing and Kelly

Earlier in the afternoon Ceilidh had looked like winning until she fluffed her lines at the last hurdle but she battled back to finish 2nd and this was a much improved performance, more to come from both of these game mares I hope.

El Fontan leading the babies round after racing

El Fontan leading the babies round after racing

It was a busy afternoon with 5 horses galloping after racing, I was grateful to team Kinneston and Jean McGregor who again assisted with transport, the unruly teenagers all behaved very well (that’s the horses I am talking about) and will have benefited hugely for the experience, thanks to Musselburgh for allowing this, please please please would other racecourses consider doing the same, it was very popular, at least 30 horses took part.

Wicklow Lad

Wicklow Lad

Newcastle’s big jumps day tomorrow and Wicklow Lad is our first runner in the feature race, “The Eider” at 2.55, maximum field of 18 run and Stephen rides on good to soft ground;  he won on this card last year and so far has shown his best form on heavy, he will be an outsider but he is well,  I have always wanted to try him over an extreme distance, and he has a nice weight.

Spinning Away

Spinning Away

Then in the 4.05 Spinning Away makes a quick reappearance under Lucy in the mares hurdle, 9 run, there are a few smart looking mares in this race and we will be hoping to continue to build this horse’s confidence.  Finally in the 5.10 Presenting Rose makes her racecourse debut in the bumper, a lovely big mare with a fine pedigree she will hopefully learn a lot tomorrow, Stephen rides and 16 run.  A couple more of the gallopers from yesterday, thanks to Caledonia Sween for the pictures…

McGinty's Dream (Brian)

McGinty’s Dream (Brian)

Jane's Fantasy (John)

Jane’s Fantasy (John)