Busy days and a marvellous Cheltenham Festival draws to a close, such an intense four days of competition, brutally competitive but amidst all the stories of human drama it is the horse that comes to the top – as it should be, Annie Power, Sprinter Sacre, Thistlecrack and Don Cossack to name but four, what wonderful animals.

The Bishop

The Bishop

And our own little success on the road North, The Bishop winning at Hexham – his day in the sun in front of a huge crowd at Hexham enjoying the racing there and the live action from the Cotswolds on all the big screens.  More Madness ran well enough again to finish 3rd but Massini’s Lady didn’t appear to stay the trip on what was very testing ground at such a stiff track.

Another Mattie

Another Mattie

And it sounds like it will be testing at Newcastle tomorrow where we have three runners declared on heavy ground – Another Mattie (Peter Buchanan) runs in the 4.00 – this is a competitive race for a good prize and he races off a career high mark so may struggle but he is in good form and will like the track.

Clan Chief - a winner off this mark over hurdles at Newcastle earlier this season

Clan Chief – a winner off this mark over hurdles at Newcastle earlier this season

Clan Chief (Andrew Thornton) runs in the 4.35, 7 run, this is another decent prize and is less competitive – he should cope with the ground but I would prefer him to be running on better, he should prove well handicapped when everything comes together but can’t be confident that will be tomorrow.

Frankie's Promise winning at Newcastle

Frankie’s Promise winning at Newcastle

Andrew also takes the ride on Frankie’s Promise in the 5.10 and again 7 run – he has been in the wilderness since tipping up when going to win in the autumn so just hoping for any sort of half decent effort – he was a course and distance winner two years ago and will appreciate a return to this trip.  Mrs A will again lead the point-to-point party and it looks like we will just have one runner at Lanark, last week’s winner Rossini’s Dancer.  Lucy should be back riding at Easter.

Rossini's Dancer

Rossini’s Dancer