Much milder today, extraordinarily so, and after 4mm of rain overnight it will be proper heavy ground at Hexham where we have six declared runners, four of which are out of the same mare – Harrietfield.
We start with Clan Legend making his chasing debut in the 12.45, he’ll love the ground and whilst I expect him to take a few fences to warm up he should run well, Brian Hughes rides and 6 run. We run course and distance winner The Bishop in the 1.15, Kit rides and 10 run, he lost his way latterly last season but seems fresh and well now, he should be fine on the ground. The ground is the big question mark over Final Reminder in the 1.45, she wants a test of stamina but I’m not certain she will handle these extreme conditions, if she does she should go close as she is a lovely filly with plenty of ability, 10 run and Tom Scudamore rides. In the 2.15 Little Glenshee attempts to atone for a disappointing start to her season, this is her ground but it is a competitive race, Kit rides and 11 run. Her younger brother Here’s to Harry makes his long awaited racecourse comeback in the 2.45, his career has been a litany of problems and setbacks and perhaps my perseverance has been blindly optimistic but he has a feather weight and I’m always hoping, Harry Reed rides and 13 run.Finally we run Clan Chief in the 3.15, far from convinced about the ground/track combination for him but he will handle it better than the key opponents in an ordinary affair, 8 run and Brian Harding rides. A thoroughly memorable day for the yard at Ayr on Monday – our first treble, two seconds, two thirds and a fourth from our ten runners – more later but tremendous stuff and a huge thank you to all of our hard working team who made it happen.