Well, a wet old week but better today and forecast reasonable for the time of year.  Combined with the snow melt the farm is exceptionally wet but hopefully things will dry up now here and on the racecourses.

Dawn at Kinneston, 1st Feb 2013, Academy (Toni) warming up

Dawn at Kinneston, 1st Feb 2013, Academy (Toni) warming up

After a quiet few weeks there are loads of fixtures coming up and I would hope we will have about 20 runners over the next fortnight.  I hope the horses return where they left off form wise, I couldn’t be happier with them at home they all seem extremely fresh and well, I think a week’s enforced absence from the all-weather has helped that and I would be surprised if it had done any harm fitness wise.  They have been working this week as usual on the various all-weather facilities, plenty have been schooling over hurdles and fences but we will spare the grass gallops for a little longer.

Isla Pearl Fisher (Amy) leads Capital Venture (Blair) over the baby schooling fences this morning

Isla Pearl Fisher (Amy) leads Capital Venture (Blair) over the baby schooling fences this morning

We are ducking an excellent looking card at Musselburgh on Sunday and heading to the belated start of the Northern Are point-to-point season where we intend to run Native Coll, Ocarina and Noir et Vert – 3 veterans who are flourishing at home.  Thereafter we hope to have runners at Ayr (& possibly Doncaster) on Monday, Carlisle on Wednesday and Newcastle on Friday.  It would be a big boost if we could have the stable jockey back soon, her x-rays pleased the consultant on Monday who felt she was ahead of where he expected her to be, she is doing masses of fitness work and is seeing her physio again tomorrow; each day is seeing a significant improvement but it is still too early to give a definite date for her being back in the saddle – anyone spot her in today’s Racing Post??

Jumping for joy, Flaming Thistle turned out this morning about to buck, rather fresh after a spell resting!

Jumping for joy, Flaming Thistle turned out this morning about to buck, rather fresh after a spell resting!