Cold, wet and blustery today, feels like winter now.   A weekend on the M6 beckons with runners at Haydock tomorrow and Uttoxeter on Sunday.  It can rain as much as it likes at the latter but I am hoping they don’t get any more rain at Haydock where it is currently soft, forecast isn’t great but it is fresh ground and should be taking it well but our two runners would both prefer it not too soft.

Jolie Crickette

Landecker – to date all his wins have been at Kelso

We start with Landecker in the 2pm, 10 run and Kit rides, he won very well at Kelso last time out and is up 5lb in a race with more depth, he has always reserved his best for Kelso but Haydock should suit him fine so perhaps it’s time for him to get his head in front somewhere else?   Hope so.

Jolie Crickette

Jolie Crickette

Then in the 3.10 Jolie Crickette makes her stable and UK debut having been bought in France in September.  She is a lovely 4yo filly who has won three times over fences in France but is a novice over hurdles, we are taking her to Haydock specifically so she can run over their brush hurdles which should be a good stepping stone back to a season hurdling over here; there is a lot of depth to this race with most of the top stables represented by expensive recruits so tomorrow is all about the filly getting to know our style of racing and us having the chance to find out about her style of racing, 12 run and Kit rides, she wears blinkers because she always wore them in France though I have seen nothing in her behaviour over here to suggest why, but the French do have different ideas about the benefits of blinkers.

Jolie Crickette jumpingthe famous water jump at Auteuil in September, not bad for a 4yo filly but nothing quite like that at Haydock!

Jolie Crickette (nearest camera) jumping the famous water jump at Auteuil in September, not bad for a 4yo filly but nothing quite like that at Haydock!