A quiet week but a busier weekend looming starting with Carlisle tomorrow where the ground is likely to be fairly testing after an unsettled week.  We run The Orange Rogue in the 4.40, Stephen rides and 10 run, this is a step up in trip on a more testing track but it should suit him and he should run well if it is soft and he can establish a nice rhythm early in the race, Lucy rides Trouble in Paris in the same race and Copt Hill in the 2.55, Kit rides Stoney in the 5.10.

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue

We then hope to send Afterclass, Master Butcher, Rossini’s Dancer and Royal Chatelier to the Cumberland Farmers point-to-point at Dalston on Easter Monday; in the mean time Kit and Lucy will have been at Sedgefield on Sunday where Kit is declared to ride King of the Dark (2.00), Chanceofalifetime (2.35), Gin Cobbler (3.05), Sharivarry (4.05) and Monogram (5.15) and Lucy Touch of Steel (2.35) and Copt Hill (4.40). A nice article about Lucy and Northern Acres in this week’s Racing & Football Outlook – you can read it here

Master Butcher

Master Butcher

With this week providing the first proper gap in racing since Xmas we took the opportunity to head to the Alps for 3 days’ skiing, it was a bit blowy but a refreshing break and pleased to come back this evening to an orderly yard and to go round the horses; the team have done an excellent job and Catch has kept me closely in touch with all developments.  Inevitably with 35 horses in training plenty happens even in 3 days and I prefer to be kept in the loop all the time as decisions need to be taken with the team, owners and vets.  It also means that when I come back I feel fully abreast of everything and can plan Saturday’s work and the weekend logistics from an informed position, my only concern is that the mission to use the gap in racing to “freshen the horses up a bit” has perhaps worked a bit too well!  Happy Easter!

Plenty of fresh air!  Storms battered the Alps this week with the windchill touching -20c - family Alexander were well wrapped up!

Plenty of fresh air! Storms battered the Alps this week with the windchill touching -20c – family Alexander were well wrapped up!