Mild today and has been a mild week, topsy turvy compared with the South but frost due back briefly and hoping it doesn’t scupper our plans to have a few busy days at Kelso, Ayr and Hexham. The former are inspecting at 8am tomorrow ahead of what looks like an excellent Sunday card, the ground is good to soft and Dance of Fire makes his eagerly awaited stable debut in the 12.20, 14 run and Tom Scudamore rides.
There are a couple of very smart looking horses in this novice hurdle and there is a bit of depth to the race as well but this horse has the physique for the job, has good flat form and jumps nicely so ought to give a good account of himself. Road to Gold runs in the “Paris Pike” Novice Chase at 12.50, another good race, despite having plenty of ability himself he is wrong at the weights with all of these but needs more chasing experience, Brian Harding rides and 6 run.
We run Jet Master in a high class Veterans Chase at 2.50, 8 run and Grant Cockburn rides – this is a big step up in grade but he has been in great form this season so deserves to take his chance in a better race, he is also still 13lb below his highest chase rating so could run well. Finally we run Been Decided in the 3.20, 14 run and Brian Harding rides, we were disappointed with this horse’s handicap debut at Hexham last time but he’d had a few quick runs and should be fresher in what is an ordinary sort of race. With us hitting peak season Lucy is frustrated to still be on the sidelines, she has been taking advantage of the excellent support offered by the Injured Jockeys Fund at Jack Berry House this week and will head back there shortly with the aim of being back in the saddle as soon as possible.
A good article about me & the yard in Perspective Magazine which you may enjoy, we have put it on the website and you can read it here. Whilst I sometimes bemoan the fundamental triviality of my profession I am reassured by the sports timeless and global appeal, since time began and all over the world mankind has always loved racing horses, it is primordial and deep rooted in our psyche and I love this promotional video put out this week in Japan, common interests can unite, of course I can’t understand a word but the photography is beautiful!