Fierce weather today, a proper storm and tough conditions for riding out in heavy showers driven in on a north-westerly gale. Grateful therefore to the team of staff who toughed it out to ensure all horses given their full work, ably supported by those on the ground and all set for an early start again tomorrow when we head to Newcastle with 4 runners, the ground there is good to soft with soft places but may ease a little, anything apart from glue please as I don’t want any excuses! Ceilidh makes her handicap debut in the 1.20, Lucy rides and 9 run, I’m not quite sure where the 93 rating came from given her form to date but she is a mare who should improve and she should carry weight well.
In the 2.20 Blair Campbell has his first ride as a professional jockey on course specialist Northern Acres, he claims a valuable 10lb in this competitive looking 18 runner race so we will be hoping he can get his career off to a good start. Marlee Mourinho makes his seasonal and chase debut for a new syndicate of owners in the 2.50, Stephen rides and 11 run, he has a light weight and should prove well handicapped but he is a huge horse and is liable to need this first run of the season fitness wise.
Then in the 3.20 Lucy rides Calivigny, 16 run, he should have progressed from his seasonal debut at Ayr a month ago but the opposition are hard to assess, hopefully he will run well. The extreme conditions at Hexham today did not suit El Fontan who struggled to gallop on the ground let alone jump out of it so Lucy wisely pulled him up after a circuit, all being well he will be out again soon.