It rained and it rained and it rained, and then it rained again.  Arable ground wetter than I have seen it for several years, a reminder of why we ceased growing winter cereals 3 years ago, a refuge now for wildfowl in the winter months though regularly disturbed by horses sloshing through the wet as an alternative to the all-weather.  Hard to believe Hexham will be on but if it survives an 8am inspection then we will have two runners in the 12.55 – Frankie’s Promise (Lucy) and The Orange Rogue (Stephen) – 8 run and the ground will be, err, heavy.

Frankie's Promise (Lucy)

Frankie’s Promise (Lucy)

Frankie has good form on heavy and he bids to make amends for his last fence blunder at Ayr last week, he has been fresh and well since then and is due to go up 5lb with effect from Saturday so he has to run really and barring mishaps should have a good chance.  The Orange Rogue is a big strong old fashioned chasing type who will be very much at home on the ground, he will come on for the run tomorrow and will be better over further in due course but in these conditions he could still run very well.

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue

It is tremendous to have Lucy back after four weeks on the sidelines, it hasn’t been easy for her watching on during what has been a busy and successful period for the yard but she has continued to play her part in the background though listening to the rain I suspect it may be Haydock on Saturday before she is race riding again.10170877_634693216585515_7558168225169220987_n