Cold and frosty this morning, working on the grass delayed until 3rd lot but all going well on the all-weather so far, weather warnings and motorway closures abound, not ideal for a busy weekend on the roads but it is a winter sport.

The view from the top of the gallop first lot this morning

The view from the top of the gallop first lot this morning

Very wet at Haydock yesterday with sleety slush lying on the track which wasn’t what we wanted for our two runners but I was pleased enough with them nevertheless.

The Haydock turf - St Moritz experience a plus!

The Haydock turf – St Moritz experience a plus!

Landecker ran a very honest race in the conditions to finish 5th, staying on again at the end, he just struggles to quicken on softer ground.

A mud-splattered Kit after his ride on Landecker

A mud-splattered Kit after his ride on Landecker

Jolie Crickette jumped with aplomb on her UK debut and travelled nicely with the leaders for a circuit in what was a good race, she tired a little after that and Kit sensibly opted out of the last three hurdles, back late last night she has eaten up despite everything we threw at her yesterday, she is a tough filly that should provide plenty of fun.

Jolie Crickette has a shower in the pre-parade ring

Jolie Crickette has a shower in the pre-parade ring

Wheels roll at noon again today with three runners declared for Uttoxeter tomorrow where I suspect the forecast overnight rain will turn the ground very soft which shouldn’t inconvenience our runners all of whom are ridden by Brian Harding. ¬†Gold Opera makes his seasonal reappearance in the 2.10, he has to give weight to his nine rivals and should be progressive this season but he is a very big horse and likely to improve for the run.

Gold Opera

Gold Opera

Little Glenshee then runs in the 3.15, the wetter the better for her and she should have come on from her seasonal reappearance at Carlisle a month ago, 7 run.

Cover girl - Little Glenshee features on teh front cover of the latest edition of "Perspectives" magazine

Cover girl – Little Glenshee features on the front cover of the latest edition of “Perspective” magazine

Finally we run Benny’s Secret in the 3.45, 12 run and whilst I am expecting a big improvement from his below par run in October this does look competitive and more rain unlikely to be in his favour especially if it turns heavy, soft would be fine.

Benny's Secret - despite winning a bummper and a hurdle we have yet to really find the key to this horse

Benny’s Secret – despite winning a bumper and a hurdle so far we have yet to really find the key to this horse, up in trip tomorrow but 3m on better ground may be the ultimate answer

Some very high quality horses on show at Haydock yesterday and a cracking line up today, I love these big Saturday’s at this time of year and despite the miles it’s worth coming back here to enjoy the sport “en famille” – we will be rooting for Scotland’s star chaser Seeyouatmidnight as he takes on the big guns, I doubt he’ll ever have a better chance in a Grade One – Sandy’s horses are in cracking form, he will love the track and the ground and there are chinks in the market leaders…. home safe always the main thing.