Proper winter weather this week, storms then snow and now frost, feels a bit more normal actually, milder from tomorrow and facilities bearing up well with the horses doing plenty of work.  One declared runner tomorrow at Kelso, Jet Master in the 2.40 but he won’t run if it turns heavy overnight which looks likely, he’s had a busy enough winter so far and there will be no point wasting a run if conditions are unsuitable despite the excellent prize money on offer, Lucy is booked to ride and 7 run.

Jet Master

Yet again Kelso have produced an excellent card including what must be one of the best Hunter Chases ever run in Scotland, good stuff and I will be heading down there either way after working the Ayr runners for Monday and sorting out declarations.  Lucy also rides Multipede in the 1.10 and Aristo du Plessis in the 2.10.  She is at Wetherby today to ride Catching Shadows in the 1.40 and Green Tikkana in the 3.50 and it looks like being a busy week ahead with a new two day fixture at Ayr on Monday & Tuesday then Musselburgh Friday, Haydock Saturday and the Jedforest point-to-point on Sunday.  I have to confess to sneaking off to the Alps this week for 3 excellent days skiing, a tremendous job done back here by Catch and the team to keep the show on the road in some pretty horrendous conditions and a joy to go round an immaculate yard at evening stables last night – well done team Kinneston!

The outside horses at a wintry Kinneston this morning, the two 4yo fillies are enjoying a break from training for another two weeks and the mare in the background is in foal to Gentlewave. They live out in a big field with a shelter and are fed hard on Redmills cubes, Greengold alfalfa bricks and Kinneston hay – they seem to thrive on this regime.