Dampish overnight but nothing serious and a lovely autumn day, perfect for working horses and we find ourselves extremely busy which is exactly how we want to be at this time of year. Two runners at Kelso tomorrow where they have a cracking 8 race card on ground that is likely to ride on the soft side of good. Hopefully not too soft for Dance of Fire who we run in the 2.05, 9 run and Lucy rides, this is a horse with a big engine who for some reason didn’t fire last season and so far hasn’t converted his better flat form to hurdles; despite that the handicapper is giving nothing away based on what he has achieved over obstacles so far.
Whether he is just taking time to adjust to the different training and racing regime required for hurdling or whether he doesn’t stay I’m not sure; there is also the possibility that mentally he is taking time to get over some hard training and races; whatever, he’s had a good summer now and I couldn’t be happier with him at home, he showing plenty of enthusiasm for his job so hopefully he races with that same attitude in which case he shouldn’t be far away, cheek pieces being worn for first time over hurdles.
Then we run Benny’s Secret in the 5.20, he won a maiden hurdle here over shorter and should love the underfoot conditions, he’s a horse with lots of ability who is very hard to catch right and I’ve clearly failed to do that recently as he has pulled up on 3 of his last 4 starts. The step up in trip shouldn’t be a problem for him and if he’s right he’s very well handicapped, we’ve done everything we can and clearly believe he is OK otherwise he wouldn’t be running but I’ve thought that before…. tricky, Lucy rides and 13 run, hood back on, tongue strap off.
With ground conditions perfect a disappointingly empty schedule in the Northern programme for next week, only Hexham next Saturday – not quite sure why we have a mini break in proceedings at this stage but we will be busy here preparing for what will hopefully be a busy second half of the month. Some sections of the website are a bit out of date, apologies for that – a revamped version is under construction, in the meantime here is a link to our 2017/18 Horses in Training book.