Hello, hello, hello – it’s been a while, I’ve been rather lazy about blogging, no harm in that I hear you say…  Showery today, again, it’s been the pattern for a few weeks now and the long dry spell of late spring appears a very distant memory.  Busy here with 30 horses back in and a variety of projects to juggle; horses mostly trotting, a handful cantering now but only one race fit and she, Queen of Avalon, goes to Perth tomorrow evening where the ground should be good, the race is at 8pm.

Queen of Avalon (Grant) cools off after her pipe-opener this morning

This is her handicap debut and as 5th top weight in a field of 12 I don’t think the handicapper is taking any chances; she’s been 3rd in the two novices that she has run in over 2m but the form is thin and her inexperience may catch her out in the hurly burly of a handicap, she is fit and well though and Grant rides.  Delighted to see that Perth has been awarded another Listed Race for 2018 – a 3m Mares Chase at the April Festival – a very positive step in the continued improvement in the quality of the Northern jumping programme and a really nice valuable race to be able to aim for.   Aside from Perth a great week’s racing in prospect with the two high summer Festivals, Goodwood and Galway; our plot to have a runner at the latter sadly didn’t work out – maybe next year!

Most excited by this 3yo daughter of Martaline that arrived from France recently, she is a big strong free-moving filly from an excellent family and I’m delighted to have her in the yard.

This 4yo filly by Ask (Alannah) had her first canter of the season this morning, she has strengthened up nicely over the summer and I couldn’t be happier with her.  Also from a top class family she is a 3 parts sister to Buffalo Ballet and should come to hand quickly – she is for sale at a very reasonable price or available to lease.