May I be forgiven, I forgot to mention that it was Mrs A’s birthday on Monday, a cause for celebration – I suggested a local restaurant with two Michelin stars or a trip to Nando’s along with Argo in the cinema; well – she chose the latter, just my luck, actually an excellent film and a fun evening.  Anyway eventually had the birthday champagne when late back from Newcastle last night (avec les fish fingers) and we had an extra reason to celebrate by then as remarkably for the second meeting in a row at the track we had trained a double, largely thanks to an exceptionally determined jockey.  A fortunate Papamoa and the quirky Northern Acres both winning for the 2nd time this season (by the way- would the stable follower who texted me impersonating one of the owners of Papamoa please own up – he was in the car and is most concerned about identity theft!).  Earlier in the afternoon The Flaming Matron had made a pleasing hurdling debut but Fleet Fox ran as if something was seriously amiss and we will need to check him out because he ran no race and is sorry for himself today.  Isla Patriot ran his usual game race to finish 6th, if only they all had a heart like his.

Standintheband

Standintheband

On to Carlisle tomorrow where the ground is likely to be on the easy side of good and the racing is especially competitive.  We run Standintheband (Lucy) in the 3.15, 12 run and I would hope he can improve for the step up in trip on better ground.  Then we run recent course winner Bertie Milan (Lucy) in the 3.45, 15 run and he should also improve for the step up in distance, but this looks like a tight handicap.