More storms, this time from the East, a gale blowing and lots more rain, could last for another 48 hours, well, it is winter in Scotland. A quiet purposeful Sunday at Kinneston; 3 potential runners at Musselburgh ridden out, yesterday’s 3 runners lead out in hand and 34 others having a 40 minute spin on the horsewalker, trainer in the office, five of the team in and working hard.
Another good day at Ayr yesterday with Clan Legend completing his hat trick in gritty style, it should have been a double as Lake View Lad was still travelling well in front when knuckling over on landing at the last, 4 horses fell at that hurdle yesterday, coincidence? doubt it. Lucy did have a double though, winning well on Lochnell for Ian Duncan and Heilan Rebel progressed nicely to finish 4th in the bumper – he was lucky to be promoted to 3rd on a technicality – a bonus for those that backed him each way at 20-1.
A great couple of day’s racing proving I think that the sport is in very good heart and wonderful to see such good results from the two Northern runners at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, Seeyouatmidnight winning what the champion trainer described as the best novice chase run this season and Knockara Beau finishing runner up in a competitive handicap hurdle at the age of 13. Loads of runners at Musselburgh tomorrow as well where the ground will be soft, only one from here, Bracing in the 2.25, 14 run and Kit rides, a course and distance winner off this sort of mark last season I hope she will run well though a lot will depend on how the race pans out – I think she prefers a smaller field.
Lucy rides Touch of Steel in the same race as well as Rocklim in the 12.20, Leading Score in the 12.50 and Rockawango in the 3pm. We have entries this week at Newcastle on Thursday and Wetherby on Friday – I note that Doncaster also race on Friday and we then have a blank weekend in the North – how can that make sense?