A proper dreich morning, cold, windy, mist and rain – a work day for 22 of the horses though and another 15 or so to ride so busy.  A chance yesterday to regroup after a few rather hectic days and reflect on some undoubtedly positive signs for the stable.

Dutch Canyon is checked over by our physio Kim after his heavy fall at Carlisle - he is 100% and worked this morning

Dutch Canyon is checked over by our physio Kim after his heavy fall at Carlisle – he is 100% and worked this morning

Monday at Ayr confirmed that (at least for now!) the horses are in good heart with the highlight being Calivigny winning the first race in convincing fashion, he was entitled to step up on his form from last season and should be able to progress from here.

Calivigny skips clear at Ayr under Stephen

Calivigny skips clear at Ayr under Stephen

Benny’s Secret was a little green on his hurdling debut in the second but still ran well to be 4th, he will want further in due course, then Andhaar very nearly doubled up after his win on Saturday with an excellent 2nd.  Bracing ran up to her best on her seasonal debut to also finish 2nd and she should improve for the run, she is a nice staying mare to look forward to this season.  As expected The Bishop found 2m 4f on good ground too sharp but still ran and jumped well enough on his chasing debut, the only calamity of the day was McGinty’s Dream who was much too free in the bumper and ended up being hacked home in rear by Kit, back to the drawing board with him.

Sunny no more, first lot heading home from the riverbank gallop this morning

Sunny no more, first lot heading home from the riverbank gallop this morning

A week largely back at base now with a busy weekend looming at Ayr and Carlisle where we have plenty of entries.