So, Carlisle tomorrow and Friars Haugh p2p, Noir et Vert heads to the latter and at Carlisle we run King Brex in the 3.10, 6 run, Kit rides and the ground will be good to soft, he seems in good heart but he is badly off at the weights with most of the opposition.  The we run Milano Magic in the 4.20, 14 run, Lucy rides, this looks competitive but he should go well if he can put his most recent disappointing effort behind him, the better ground should help.

We managed to get 90% of the gallop open today but as you can see plenty of snow remains at the top!

We managed to get 90% of the gallop open today but as you can see plenty of snow remains at the top and the tractor could go no further

It hasn’t been an easy week, the weather has been doing its utmost to prevent us training the horses, our runners at Wetherby ran well but I did wonder whether Bertie Milan tiring a little in the closing stages was down to a couple of missed bits of work, all this steady stuff is all very well but I think they need one proper blow before they run to put the edge on them, tomorrow will be interesting!  Much milder this evening and a decent thaw underway so humour improving!

Milan Magic is just denied by Forty Crown

Milano Magic (left) is just denied by Forty Crown

Last night was the “Lesters” – the jockeys version of the “Oscars” – their own awards night on one of only two days in the year when there isn’t racing scheduled for the following day so they can all let their hair down (and they do!), we were absolutely delighted that Lucy won the “Lady Jockey of the Year” award, the jockeys themselves vote for the winners so I know how much that will mean to Lucy.L.ALEXANDER.