Again we avoid the frost, a fine mild morning for working horses, fortunately for us it has been the most benign of winters, last year the sting in the tail came after Cheltenham but no signs of anything dramatic in the forecasts so fingers crossed.  The good form of the horses continues for the moment with two good runs at Newcastle yesterday, Marlee Mourinho staying on strongly to grab 3rd in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle then Frankie’s Promise finally showing what he can do over hurdles with an easy win in the 2m 4f novice.

Frankie's Promise takes the last hurdle at Newcastle yesterday (J Grossick)

Frankie’s Promise takes the last hurdle at Newcastle yesterday (J Grossick)

His jumping wasn’t perfect but it improved as the race went on and hopefully he can build on this, as my only dual bumper winner to date it was obviously vexing me quite a lot that I couldn’t get him to jump hurdles on the racecourse like he can at home, many people have helped me out in this regard and thanks to all of them but special mention must got to our travelling head girl Toni who despite not being home until very late after Kelso on Saturday night was up at 5am on Sunday to take Frankie and a lead horse to an away destination for a proper workout over hurdles, it probably made the difference, Lucy was there to ride him as well and she is at Catterick today where she rides Gold Chain in the 3.15 and Kings Chorister in the 3.45, nothing for us at Carlisle tomorrow sadly but she is there to ride Queen’s Regatta in the 5.15.