and off to Musselburgh where we run Daasij in the 2.45, 7 run Brian Harding rides. I always considered this track on the sharp side for such a resolute stayer but the soft ground should slow things up for him and if he can get into a good rhythm jumping wise then he should be staying on well at the end, quite a big ask though up against experienced handicappers in only his second chase.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone that reads this blog wholeheartedly for bothering to take an interest, it makes it worthwhile and hopefully I will keep blogging away through 2014. Reflecting on 2013 is interesting, for the yard in many ways 2013 was the year we came of age, we had a lot of winners and I felt the horses ran consistently well but that is all tempered by injuries, no common thread but its tough, obviously for the horses but for the owners and everyone involved with the yard, our goal is to ensure that all the horses fulfill their potential and when injury intervenes to stop that happening it is difficult, I don’t mind waiting for things to heal, that’s all part of the game, but when careers are finished it is hard. For Lucy it was a year of groundbreaking achievement in narrowly securing the conditional jockeys title in the spring, but she has also seen the other side of the game with a list of injuries in 2013 that most people wouldn’t see in a lifetime, she is raring to go at the moment and will hopefully be back early in the New Year. Kit also had a pretty amazing 2013 with 9 winners from 32 rides for the yard across both codes – a strike rate that must be as good as any in the land. So, I wish everyone a happy, prosperous and above all healthy 2014 and may all horses, jockeys and stable staff remain as free of injury as is possible.
A quiet celebration of New Year here of course, family split up for Hogmanay and sadly yet again I am not present at a lovely party to catch up with old friends, with a runner today and weather permitting another dozen or so before the end of the week I just prefer being here steering the ship, bit sad really…..