To everyone, especially those who bother to read this blog. A wet and windy start but anyone concerned about the health of jump racing in the North should have been at Musselburgh today, despite appalling weather the place was absolutely packed with racegoers having a great day out watching good quality competitive racing, a great credit to the team there who keep proving that if you put up the money the horses will come and so will the crowd, the virtuous circle, all good stuff and nearly all the prize money stayed in the North despite plenty of fancied horses travelling from afar. I was pleased with our runners today, Always Tipsy ran a very gutsy race to finish 2nd and Bertie Milan bounced back to form to fill the same slot, Or de Grugy found things happening a bit quickly for him (mainly thanks to Bertie!) and Whybutwhy ran well for a long way but was never going to see out the 2m 4f trip once the ground had gone soft. No time to dwell though as off to Ayr first thing tomorrow where we have five runners on ground that will no doubt have turned very soft after today’s rain.
Calivigny makes his hurdling debut in the first at 12.30, Lucy rides and 14 run, a nice introduction is what is required, he is wearing a hood simply because he hates strong wind in his ears and a gale is forecast. Then in the 2.40 we run The Flaming Matron, Lucy riding and 8 run, this looks quite a tough assignment for her based on what she shown over fences so far. Frankies Promise (Lucy) runs in the 3.10, 8 run, he shaped a bit better at Aintree last time and I would hope for further progress tomorrow especially if he can sharpen up his jumping.
Finally we have two nice young horses running in the bumper at 3.40, Benny’s Secret (Lucy) and Titian Boy (Blair), although there are only 8 runners there are a few smart looking types in this who have racecourse experience whereas ours have never been away from home to work so can be expected to learn plenty tomorrow. Of course one of them could be our “dark horse” which Channel 4 now say they are going to reveal on Saturday morning, who knows, but whatever happens tomorrow they are both lovely prospects for the future so fingers crossed they enjoy their day.