Stunning weather today, brilliant blue sky and it definitely feels like summer is on it’s way. A lovely drive to Hexham yesterday through the rolling Borders & Northumbrian countryside slowly emerging from the winter. The Bishop didn’t think much of it though and never really picked up the bit, he was subject to a most unfortunate false start with the tape failing to release and catching him sharply across the chest, he backed off it all after that and can be forgiven, Wicklow Lad ran another stormer to just be beaten by a neck, flatter tracks suit him better but he loves heavy ground.
On to Perth tomorrow where we have four runners declared on ground that will be good, the track was in immaculate condition when I walked it on Sunday night and hopefully won’t have dried up too much.
We start with Been Decided in the first race at 2.10, 11 run and Lucy rides, this is a decent race for a maiden at this time of year and I’m just looking for a modicum of improvement from this horse who is taking plenty of time to learn his job.
Then in the 2.40 we run Presenting Rose, 12 run and Stephen rides, she has been in good form this season and whilst this is a competitive mares hurdle I hope she will run well.
A pause then before More Madness runs in the 4.25, 13 run and Kit rides, he is probably better over fences but it will be interesting to see how he goes on this better ground in a race that lacks strength in depth. Last but not least we run Jet Master in the 5.30, 8 run and Lucy rides, he returns to his last winning course, distance & obstacle off only a 1lb higher mark so needless to say I am hoping for a decent run – it is higher grade though and much better ground.