Much milder, temperature touched double figures for the first time since Xmas, windy though and some light rain in the air.  A bit of a traumatic day at Wetherby yesterday, Presently Tipsy coped well with the faster pace handicapping and her jumping was exceptional but turning into the home straight a horse fell in front of her and she was very nearly brought down, for a moment she appeared injured and Stephen pulled her up quickly but fortunately she cantered back sound and is fine today.

Bracing (Kit)

Bracing (Kit)

The Flaming Matron jumped well but appeared to tire in the latter stages, when she came off the track she was found to have a nasty cut that had touched an artery and was bleeding profusely, 20 minutes later the vet (ably assisted by Geoff and Mark – aka the Ladies Who, well, two of them) managed to stop the bleeding and I am pleased to say that on changing the bandage tonight she also is fine and with luck be back in action very soon.  Always Tipsy showed guts and tenacity to put up a career best to finish a very close 3rd under top weight in what looked like a competitive handicap, he appears progressive.

Ceilidh - a big day for the big mare tomorrow

Ceilidh – a big day for the big mare tomorrow

On to Musselburgh tomorrow where we run Ceilidh in the 2.20 on what should be good ground, Brian Harding rides and 6 run, she has plenty to prove but should appreciate the better ground and step up in trip. Then Kit rides Bracing in the 4.35, again 6 run, she was runner up over course and distance last time out so shouldn’t be far away of she can replicate that form.  Kit also rides Gin Cobbler in the 4.05 and Lucy is at Sedgefield to ride Copt Hill in the 2.30 and Lord Wishes in the 4.15; all being well we will be introducing 4 un-raced bumper horses to the racecourse after racing tomorrow as this is (sadly) Musselburgh’s last jumps fixture of the season, whilst I understand the reason’s why it is a bit of a shame that this is the first chance we have had to gallop horses on a racecourse in Scotland since Perth in September….

All hands on deck to patch up TFM yesterday

All hands on deck to patch up TFM yesterday