Very changeable weather, mild one moment, snowing the next, rain, frost, wind, a bit of everything.  Excellent card at Kelso tomorrow, amidst which we sponsor the 23rd running of the Cyril Alexander Memorial Chase – yes, 23rd, where has the time gone.  Sadly no runner this year but three on the card starting with Spinning Away in the 1.55, 10 run and Lucy rides on what is likely to be nice good to soft ground.

Spinning Away

Spinning Away

She started to shape as if the penny was slowly dropping over course and distance last time so a little more of the same would be fine at this stage.  Then in the 3.35 we run Or De Grugy, a veteran course specialist who has won here 6 times and unbelievably started his racing career in 2006, 12 run and Lucy rides.

Or de Grugy

Or de Grugy

He has been fit and ready to run for a long time but we have been keen to save him for his favourite track and (apart from one race that was abandoned at Christmas) this is the first suitable race there has been there for him all season – hence 12 runners!  It’s a tough ask but he is in good fettle and will hopefully run well.

Standintheband

Standintheband

Then in the 4.45 we run Standintheband, Lucy rides, top weight in a 16 runner handicap hurdle, he was rusty over course and distance two weeks ago, it was his first run back after a spell on the sidelines and he should progress for that but another tough ask on these terms.  Kit rides Monogram in the 3.35 and Tommysteel in the 5.20 prior to what looks like being a busy afternoon for him on Sunday at the Tynedale point-to-point where we hope to run Afterclass, Lucy is at Doncaster this afternoon to ride Quicuyo in the 4.50, Scorpions Sting having been a non-runner in the 2.10.

One of my favourite pictures - coming off the track with the brood having finally won the "Cyril Alexander" last year - let's hope it isn't another 22 years before we win it again!

One of my favourite pictures – coming off the track with the brood having finally won the “Cyril Alexander” last year – let’s hope it isn’t another 22 years before we win it again!