A beautiful winter’s day but the most difficult of conditions here now for exercising horses with yesterday’s wet snow having frozen hard.  Watching the weather closely in the hope that enough of a thaw will have set in by mid-afternoon to allow me to harrow the gallop, fine timing required!

Alpine conditions higher up on Kinneston today

Alpine conditions higher up on Kinneston today

Sadly snow forced the abandonment of the point-to-point at Alnwick today and I am fearful the same thing could happen at Catterick tomorrow where we have two declared runners on good to soft ground, subject to an 8am inspection.   Benny’s Secret (Lucy) runs in the 2.40, 11 run, I have doubts about this track for him but he should be suited by the step up in trip and I very much hope he will prove well treated off his current mark in due course, then in the 3.40 we run Frankie’s Promise (Lucy), 9 run.

Benny's Secret

Benny’s Secret

After an extremely promising first run over fences Frankie lost his way over the larger obstacles and we are on a bit of a fact finding mission back over hurdles tomorrow, at this stage we just want him to run a decent sort of race.  Lucy also rides Ueueteotl in the 3.10 and Scotswell in the 4.10.

And the enigma that is Frankie's Promise

And the enigma that is Frankie’s Promise