Being the optimist that I am I had hoped we had winter beaten but sadly not, brutal conditions for riding out here and a brutal day for team Henderson at Doncaster yesterday.  Darlan cruising in behind Rock on Ruby as he approached the last hurdle only to take a sickening fatal fall, he knew nothing but his connections have been robbed of their rising star who was surely seconds away from emphasising his position as the best hurdler on this side of the Irish Sea.  The whole of National Hunt racing will miss his presence throughout the rest of the season and my deepest sympathies go to those closest to him who have lost a wonderful horse.

Papamoa shows them how its done earlier this season at Hexham

Papamoa shows them how its done earlier this season at Hexham

On we go though and if Carlisle escapes snow, frost or flooding and passes its 8am inspection tomorrow we will have three runners; in the 1.50 we run Fleet Fox, 9 run, Peter Buchanan rides and the ground will be very soft.  This is the first hurdle race for this brother to Buffalo Ballet and he has schooled well, fact finding mission tomorrow.  Then in the 3.30 we run Papamoa, 9 run and Peter rides, the track and conditions should suit him well but it looks to me that he has plenty of weight against some decent enough rivals.  Then in the 4.35 we run Bertie Milan, 8 run and Wilson Renwick rides, he ran very well to be second here on his seasonal debut and I am hoping that a return to this track will show him in a better light having been slightly disappointing on his two runs since.

Fleet Fox makes a belated seasonal debut tomorrow having hurt himself in a lorry accident earlier in the season

Fleet Fox makes a belated seasonal debut tomorrow having hurt himself in a lorry accident earlier in the season