A glorious week of lovely warm spring weather but very different today with a biting wind (and, err, yes – it’s snowing now!) but whilst there is rain about conditions are drying out very fast and Kelso and Carlisle have been watering for their fixtures early next week.

Royal Chatelier leads the field at Dalston on Monday, I think that's Ross in the middle

Royal Chatelier leads the field at Dalston on Monday, I think that’s Ross in the middle

So, Aintree, what a festival of riches it has been so far, marvellous racing and more to come today and of course the Grand National, a possibility that we will witness one of the great moments in sport; please God, I won’t dare tip or bet against the greatest one, my sole financial interest will arise from the yard sweepstake –  let us hope all horses and jockeys come home safe.  Not much to cheer on from the North, Night in Milan and Across the Bay the only representatives in a National where you now need to be rated 139 to get a run; slightly been the story all week, thank goodness for oor Malcolm.GAA419  A fascinating 24 hours in Ireland earlier in the week, five yards visited, about 30 horses seen, 10 or so short-listed, golly they have a lot of horses for sale over there… some lovely ones, finding value is the key.   Although I am keen to get new blood into the stable we do have two excellent prospects for sale for anyone who would like to have some fun at Perth this summer, please see our recently updated Horses for Sale page here. One runner at the Morpeth point-to-point tomorrow, Jamie and Back on the Road, a few pictures from Monday’s win, then I hope a few runners at Kelso on Monday and one at Carlisle on Tuesday.

The gentleman presenting the John Peel Cup won it twice in the 1950's

The gentleman presenting the John Peel Cup won it twice in the 1950’s