Cold, crisp and clear today – horses working well on the grass and the AW, schooling for tomorrow’s runners and Master Butcher and Afterclass. A busy time creating an even busier weekend starting with tomorrow at Wetherby where we run Gold Opera in the 12.10, 7 run, Lucy rides and the ground is soft with good to soft places. He was a little disappointing on his hurdling debut last month so tomorrow will be about rebuilding confidence all round, he is a big chaser in the making so we want to get his education right. Then in the 12.40 we run Another Mattie, 8 run and Henry Brooke rides as I unwittingly committed Lucy to an outside ride earlier in the week, Henry will do a good job though and this is also about getting back on the right track after a disappointing chasing debut at Sedgefield last month.
Then it’s over Aintree in the helicopter where Frankie’s Promise runs in the 2.05 (could someone arrange that please, I really don’t want to miss Frankie running at one of my favourite courses in front of 45,000 Liverpudlians who are all being let in free – will be quite an atmosphere), Peter Buchanan rides and 13 run, the ground is good to soft, this is a big step up but he seems in great form, any extra rain would be most welcome. At Wetherby Lucy also rides Ueueteotl in the 12.40, Sa Suffit in the 1.40 and One More Go in the 3.25. A complicated sort of day especially considering at 8.30 this morning our only runner was going to be Frankie’s Promise at Wetherby; last minute decisions result in us doing two separate “overnighters”, horses now well on their way with Emma and Crawford heading to Wetherby and Catch hitching a lift in Lucinda’s lorry to Aintree. We are very lucky to have such flexible and committed staff who can end up being sent anywhere at very short notice, thank you.
Will be late back tomorrow night then off early on Sunday to Kelso where we have four more important runners on softish ground starting with Spinning Away making her hurdling debut in the 12.20; Stephen rides and 14 run, the ground might be a bit slow for her, she’s a mare I think the world of but first time over hurdles will be about completing safely more than anything else. Then in the Borders National at 1.20 we run our recent course winner Isla Pearl Fisher (Peter Buchanan) and our Highland National winner Bertie Milan (Lucy); these are my first runners in a race which I have dreamt of competing in for many years, just delighted to be there and hope they both run well, IPF has the better recent form but Bertie also seems very well at home so fingers crossed, 10 run. Then in the 1.50 we run Little Glenshee in her stiffest test to date, this is another excellent prize and has attracted a suitably competitive field, she’s in great form but will need to run the race of her life to be involved, Lucy rides, 10 run, some rain would help. Lucy also rides Assirem in the 12.20, Lord Wishes in the 12.50, Bogside in the 1.20 and Snuker in the 3.20. Then it’s the Merchiston Carol Service followed by dinner in Edinburgh, not sure what sort of form I will be in by Monday, have a nice peaceful weekend everyone……..