Cold and wet this morning, sleet, snow lying on the higher ground, been dry for a while so quite welcome.  Inclement weather at Hexham on Tuesday where Frankie’s was disappointing again, a long break for him now, Massini’s Lady cheered me up later in the day with a strong finishing 4th, she is clearly a tough mare with plenty of stamina.

Frankie's Promise in the wintry paddock at Hexham on Tuesday, sadly I can't use the weather as an excuse for his loss of form, no stone will be left unturned in the mission to bring him back to his best for novice chasing in the autumn.

Frankie’s Promise in the wintry paddock at Hexham on Tuesday, sadly I can’t use the weather as an excuse for his loss of form, no stone will be left unturned in the mission to bring him back to his best for novice chasing in the autumn.

Off to Newcastle tomorrow where we have two runners in the opening novice hurdle, Calivigny (Lucy) and The Bishop (Stephen) – Calivigny made a most pleasing debut over hurdles then disappointed next time here at Newcastle, hopefully he can put that behind him tomorrow, The Bishop has a lovely way of going but will probably be better when stepped up to 3m in due course, 13 run and the ground will be good to soft I think.  Northern Acres runs in the 3.10 with Lucy on board, 18 run, he has been very honest and reliable this season and because of that keeps coming up against better “handicapped” types (for instance it will interesting to see if the money comes tomorrow for Azure Glamour), hopefully “Alec” will put up another decent effort.

Calivigny

Calivigny

Then in the 4.15 we run Jet Master, 9 run and Andrew Thornton rides, I suspect he will find this 2m trip over hurdles on the sharp side for him these days but I would just like to see him regain his confidence after injuring himself back in the autumn.  The Orange Rogue is declared for the 4.50 (Stephen) but will only run if the ground is soft if it is then the  race, track and conditions should be ideal and he is in good form.  Some nice articles and photos re Kit’s big weekend in this week’s “Go Pointing” online magazine – you can see it here – Go Pointing – slightly bemused by the quote – “looking for a job, but not very hard!” – quite….  tomorrow he rides King of the Dark in the 2.10, Gin Cobbler in the 2.40 and Stoney in the 5.50.  Lucy also rides Un Guet Apens in the 3.40 and Avidity in the 4.15.

Ceilidh on her way to post at Wetherby last week prior to suffering a serious injury whilst in contention turning for home, no matter how often this happens to horses in my care it will always hit me very hard, over a week later it is still hard to come to terms with.

Ceilidh on her way to post at Wetherby last week prior to suffering a serious injury whilst in contention turning for home, no matter how often this happens to horses in my care it will always hit me very hard, over a week later it is still hard to come to terms with.

And having a look at the first hurdle, it's ridiculous, I just want to go and give her a big hug, soppy fool.

And having a look at the first hurdle, it’s ridiculous, I just want to go and give her a big hug, soppy fool.