Especially grim this morning, heavy sleet & snow driven in on an icy east wind, 38 horses to exercise and the troops are being most stoical, helped perhaps by Lake View Lad coming to the rescue on the bacon roll front at Wetherby yesterday.  This was the best performance to date from a novice hurdler sent out from this yard; to give weight to the whole field including a very well backed and highly regarded prospect from a big Southern yard on awful ground that he could barely gallop on and still win going away was to my mind an exceptional effort.

Lake View Lad (Stephen)

Lake View Lad (Stephen)

The measure of this was confirmed by the 115 rated 3rd being a further 39 lengths behind, we can keep dreaming about where this horse might take us but he did have a pretty tough race so we will go cannily.  To be honest it was the sort of performance I had hoped for but having been evens on Betfair the night before to see him drift to 5-2 against the wall of money that backed Dan Skelton’s horse from 2-1 2nd fav to a hot 8-13 fav did make me think that we were booked for our 5th runner up slot of the last 10 days – luckily I was wrong.

Here's to Harry (Kit)

Here’s to Harry (Kit)

On to Alnwick tomorrow where I think we will just have one runner, Here’s to Harry in the maiden, 2nd last time over course and distance there will be more depth to the race tomorrow but he should have progressed fitness wise and will hopefully run well.  Wicklow Lad is also entered but will probably wait for the Hunter Chase at Kelso on Thursday.