Colder again, damp and blowy this afternoon. Very blowy at Hexham yesterday and tremendous to see The Bishop put up an exceptional effort to finish 2nd, just denied in the last 20 yards at the end of a long three miles on testing ground; a return to fences for him now, perhaps later this month or he may need a little longer after two quick runs. Later in the afternoon Massini’s Lady failed to take much interest despite the application of a visor, she has ability and it is frustrating when she won’t show it on the racecourse, I suspect the easier pace of point-to-pointing might suit her better.
On to Newcastle tomorrow where we have three runners on ground that has dried up a bit to soft, good to soft in places, be good if a drop of rain arrives overnight to freshen it up as may be holding otherwise. We start with Dance of Fire in the 2pm, he’s disappointed on both his starts over hurdles so far and unfortunately I have no idea why, stamina may be the issue which is why we would prefer better ground so he will be ridden with that in mind, Jamie Hamilton rides and 10 run.
In the 3.10 we run Dutch Canyon, another who would prefer better ground, he ran well enough to be 3rd at Sedgefield last time so can hopefully build on that, Blair Campbell rides and 8 run. Finally in the 4.20 we run Titian Boy, we over-raced him slightly before Christmas so have given him a nice break and tweaked a couple of things, he should improve for that and won’t be far away of he copes with the drop back to two miles, 5 run and Brian Hughes rides, it won’t matter how much it rains for him but the other two could end up withdrawn if they get too much rain.
Nothing at Carlisle on Sunday but we will be heading to the Duke of Buccleuch point-to-point at Friars Haugh where we have Royal Chatelier, Bertie Milan and Rossini’s Dancer ready to run.