Another cracking point to point yesterday at Friars Haugh, some good racing in front of an enthusiastic and friendly crowd, Ocarina ran right up to his best to finish 2nd in the Men’s Open, plenty of drama and unfortunately our amateur Blair broke his wrist and will miss his jockeys course in Newmarket next week, he’s had a run of bad luck but he will bounce back soon, he was certainly smiling in the medical tent so lets hope he makes a quick recovery. I love these “away days” and the sport seems to be thriving up here again; looking forward to the revival of the Fife fixture at Balcormo on 26th April, a lot of work has ensured the course is in great shape and having not been raced on for 3 years the ground is in excellent condition, this damp weather will be doing it no harm as well. On Friday at Newcastle the atmosphere was somewhat different, plenty of entertaining Geordies but fields decimated by the heavy rain and Rossini’s Dancer failed to fire, he was none the worse though and should have his day again especially if the handicapper relents (he is still 11lb higher than he was at the start of the season despite 3 ordinary runs).
Dull and damp today, a cold East wind, not unusual weather for the time of year and it can persist for days. Four years ago tonight Harrietfield gave birth to her ninth and final foal at the Low Mitchell’s Balcormo Stud; Easter was early that year and there was an infamous blizzard that night, it was very unkind to those that had started lambing but luckily no problem to the strong chesnut colt foal by Midnight Legend who will make his racecourse debut on his fourth birthday tomorrow when we head back down the A68 to Hexham. Named Clan Legend by the owning partnership “Clan Gathering” he runs in the bumper at 5.40, Lucy rides and 9 run on what will be very soft ground. That shouldn’t be a problem but it is new territory for me as I’ve never run a 4yo in the spring so he probably won’t quite be ready and whilst I’ve always held him in the highest regard tomorrow is very much a stepping stone in his education. 90 minutes and a cup of “free” tea earlier we run Northern Acres in the 4.10, Lucy rides and 9 run, this is also a step into the unknown but I think the track and step up in trip will suit, as for the ground, it might just make it into too much of a test but he will be ridden to get the trip and appears in good form.