Cold today having been windy, wet and mild yesterday, topsy turvy weather – 17 degrees to zero in 24 hours, confusing for nature.  And wild and stormy it was at Hexham yesterday but it didn’t bother me a jot as I was delighted with both of our runners, most especially Clan Legend who proved himself to be in a different class to the opposition when sauntering home 20 lengths clear under top weight in the handicap hurdle.

Clan Legend gives the last hurdle plenty of air as he cruises clear at Hexham yesterday

Its hard to tell whether he has improved or if none of the opposition could handle the conditions, either way he is an impressive horse when conditions are in his favour.  Half an hour later McGinty’s Dream put in a thoroughly accomplished debut round of steeplechasing to finish runner up to the odds on favourite in the novice chase, he hasn’t been straightforward but hopefully he will develop into a nice staying chaser.

Alannah leads in Clan Legend and Kit – homebred winners are always special

Plenty of time to listen to the Budget on the way to Hexham and much commentary on the way home, I can’t remember a more depressing and uninspiring Budget and the only strands of optimism emanating from borrowing even more money off future generations; funny sort of optimism that but what really irritated me was the stubborn refusal to associate all the economic downgrades with Brexit, anyway, no room for politics here – much better to immerse myself back in the bubble of the racing world!