Cold and crisp, a fine winter’s morning, frost keeping us off the grass but a storm coming in this evening so will be different tomorrow. A testing and emotional weekend of great sport over-shadowed by a nasty injury to Lucy. At Musselburgh on Saturday Jet Master belied his odds of 66-1 to finish 7th in the inaugural Edinburgh National, not beaten far at all and if hadn’t made three momentum and heart stopping blunders on the final circuit he would have been much closer. Lucy said he was “running on vapours” for the last mile and it was his sheer courage that kept him going, I doubt he will run at 4 miles again but after a decent rest will hopefully be back out over 3 in mid-March.
Half an hour later Rocklim took a sadly fatal fall in the staying handicap hurdle, desperate for team Ewart and desperate for Lucy as she was unlucky enough to get badly kicked by a following horse including taking one blow to the face which has fractured her cheek and nose. Although suffering probably her most painful injury to date she has remained in good spirits, I am humbled by her courage and apparent ability to deal with pain, she is seeing a specialist this morning for a CT scan. Later in the afternoon Top Cat Henry travelled sweetly into his race but ran out of stamina 2 out and faded into 5th, he is unlikely to run over an extended 3 miles again.
On to Alnwick yesterday when I was thrilled with our two veterans in the Men’s Open who finished 2nd and 3rd in a competitive 13 runner race, Rossini’s Dancer (Crawford) was clear at the last and just idled a little on the run in allowing Kinneston alumni Always Tipsy to snatch victory on the line with Wicklow Lad (Kit) back in 3rd, great stuff and part of what was an excellent afternoon’s racing with loads of runners in front of a big crowd, point-to-pointing is in good health it would appear, later in the afternoon Royal Chatelier was a staying on 3rd after being outpaced in the NPPA Club Race.
So, Sedgefield today, two runners en route but a 3rd inspection for frost coming up so fingers crossed, ground is soft, good to soft places. Dutch Canyon runs in the 4pm, Brian Huges rides and 12 run, am hopin he can leave his recent Wetherby run behind him and be more competitive today though it’s a good race for the grade with three winners from last week lining up. Then in the 4.30 we run Clan Chief, Grant Cockburn rides and 8 run, hood off and expect a much better run as he has been getting stuck in the mud recently, there’s been plenty to like about his recent demeanour at home.