So, a tumultuous Cheltenham Festival is over, an extraordinary concentration of extremes of emotion; difficult to take it all in but at the end of the day there are some extremely sore jockeys waking up in hospital this morning, thankfully nothing as serious as last year but some horrific injuries nevertheless,  and some lovely horses lost, hard to rationalise with enjoying something that is so inherently dangerous. The problem is that the competition is so intense that they just go too fast, track records broken twice on day one, I hope those that berated the clerk of the course for watering will think twice next year, there must be an increasing danger of the Festival being diluted “Grand National” style if current trends continue, the BBC are certainly provoking the debate with a continual focus on the negative headlines.  Injuries will always happen wherever racing takes place but we must do our utmost to ensure that the wonderful and unique showcase that is the Festival does not end up  creating too many opportunities for those that would like to see the demise of our great sport.

Northern Acres

Northern Acres

At Newcastle today we run Northern Acres in the 5.10, Lucy rides and 8 run on ground that is drying out fast, this is his course and distance, not certain about the ground but hopefully he will run well; the other lorry heads to the point-to-point at Kelso where Jamie rides Backontheroad and Noir et Vert, drying ground there as well, having been away for a couple of days the difference here between Monday and Friday is amazing.