Grey today, a bit cold, a little drizzle, a change after a couple of lovely days. Off to Hexham tomorrow where we have two runners, improved prize money and good to soft ground enticing plenty of runners to this most picturesque of racecourses.
Dutch Canyon makes his chasing debut in the 2.20, 9 run and Lucy rides, his schooling has been good and he’s always been an embryonic chaser rather than a bumper/hurdle type so we are hoping for a decent run off what looks like an attractive handicap mark to me, he will come on for it though and stepping up to 3 miles for his first start of the season may just stretch him a bit.
Also stepping up to 3 miles for the first time is Been Decided in the 4pm, Lucy rides and 8 run, he ran nicely at Carlisle two weeks ago and has been in good form since but the handicapper hasn’t given much away with his opening mark. Yesterday at Musselburgh Andhaar ran with a little more zest to finish 4th, he should find his level soon and then be capable of winning again.
The dry weather and consequent quick ground remains the main subject of conversation between National Hunt racing people, not just me!
Today it has made the front page of the RP, a two runner and a three runner race at Newbury this afternoon, twenty seven horses withdrawn at Chepstow yesterday, Taunton abandoned next week as too firm and Cheltenham expecting to abandon their cross country chase – strange, we seem much more prone to prolonged dry spells and then prolonged wet spells these days – could do with one of the latter! Some great photos from yesterday from Dennis Penny.