Milder today, thank goodness, like everyone we have had a really tough week weather wise and the team have done a marvellous job of keeping the show on the road in some of the worst conditions I can remember, no fun at all and the farm and gallops are now a complete mess with remains of snow drifts, ice, water and mud everywhere compromising our ability to train the horses as we would like.

This picture was taken on the main road close to our neighbour’s gallop

I’d guess it will be another week before normality returns and we can work the horses as we would like; plenty of runners coming up in next few days and I wonder if they can perform to their best with such an unorthodox preparation.  We saw the weather coming so everything worked on Tuesday of last week, since then it’s been tricky with us being unable to ride at all on Thurs & Fri and restricted to steady cantering thereafter….. diets are adjusted of course and it is interesting to see which horses have put on weight, particularly those that are running over the next few days, inside information?  There are certainly a couple that I am concerned about.

McGinty’s Dream

So Carlisle tomorrow, ground heavy, two runners starting with McGinty’s Dream in the 2.50, Grant rides and 6 run – hmm, a nice race for him – ground, trip, track and company should all suit – fingers crossed he is up for it because we were very disappointed with him at Newcastle last time.

Killer Crow

Then Killer Crow in the 5pm, Kit rides and 4 run, outsider of the field I see, not sure why though he does have 8l to find with the fav, back in trip today & hood off, think that gives us at least a chance of reversing the places.  After tomorrow hoping to be at Ayr on Friday and Saturday and then Kelso on Sunday prior to the annual pilgrimage…