Another glorious day at the end of a most wonderful week’s weather, rare indeed and showers due tonight which will be welcome. Into June now and an astonishingly dry May confirming the change in weather patterns to prolonged dry spells and prolonged wet spells, extremes which aren’t ideal. Racecourses will have been watering hard and this weekend we hope to have runners at Hexham tomorrow and Perth on Sunday where I hope the ground will be no quicker than good. Rock of Leon makes his stable debut at Hexham in the 2.05, 7 run and Lucy rides, a horse with ability that he has failed to show recently we need to build his confidence and that will be the focus tomorrow.
At Perth we hope to run Jet Master in the 2.40, 10 run, Lucy rides and whilst this looks competitive on paper many of the runners haven’t being showing their best recently, unfortunately that includes Jet Master but I am hoping that the return to fences and step up in trip will spark an improvement, we have changed a few things at home as well.
We also hope to run Just Brooke in the closing bumper at 5.25, 6 run and Lucy rides, the ground has frustrated our attempts to get her back on the course for the last couple of months but hopefully she can show a little progression on her Ayr debut in March.
Frustration has been a bit of a theme recently as the dry weather has prevented us having another run with quite a few of the horses, this is especially poignant when they might have started as short priced favourites for their races, I sometimes fear I am overly cautious but in general the type of horses we have are suited by softer ground (which of course is what we have for the majority of the NH season) and experience tells me that risks of soft tissue injury rise exponentially when we race them on good ground (especially in the spring), hence my priority is always to do what I think is right by the horse and why I am very happy that most of our horses are safely in the field looking magnificent enjoying the summer sun. And of course The Derby, an open and intriguing race further complicated by over an inch of rain this week, fascinating and I hope I will be able to enjoy the excellent coverage from the team at Radio Five Live as I zoom back up the A68 from Hexham.