… I like Friday the 13th, a difficult morning at home and then a heavy fall for Forcefield and Lucy at what is becoming our “bogey” hurdle in the back straight at Musselburgh, both a bit battered but battling on. On the other hand Isla Patriot at least put in a clear round this time, he ran well enough but is going to need everything in his favour if he is to get to the winner’s enclosure. Also a cracking winner for Lucy on Red Tamber and a splendid article by Alan Lee in the Times, proud parents! Back here today frost not too severe and a nice dry gallop opened up beautifully and we were able to do plenty of work with the horses. Tomorrow’s meeting at Kelso is subject to a 7.45am inspection, we run Sydney Cove in the 2.50 for Lisa Ogilvie, 16 run, Lucy rides and the ground is good to soft – he should go well if the ground isn’t too sticky, we then run Seeking Power in the 3.20 with Peter Buchanan on board, his participation will depend on ground conditions. Lucy also rides Jetmaster in the 12.50 and Toy Gun in the 3.20. Some fun pics from Musselburgh yesterday taken by Frank Cornfield and Dennis Penny.

Forcefield and Gillian

Adjusting the Visor

Jockey on Board

Washing down, disappointing to fall when horse seemed so well and still travelling strongly
Isla Patriot and Peter skip over a hurdle

Lucy and Red Tamber on their way to a Musselburgh hat-trick
Forcefield – he’s much nicer than this!