Cold and dreich today, frost still deep in the ground but the thaw is underway. Thank goodness because the abandonment of Carlisle today takes it to six consecutive Northern meetings being lost over the last 8 days, a serious blow as we would have been very busy but delighted that Musselburgh has stepped in to stage an extra fixture tomorrow and they have been well rewarded with lots of runners and 7 competitive races.
We have four runners on what will be good to soft ground and we start with Final Reminder in the second race at 12.40. She started to find her way at the end of last season and should now be able to progress stepped up in trip, I wouldn’t have really thought of this track as suiting her but she does want better ground and it is well worth a shot, Lucy rides and 12 run.
Moores Novelty (Lucy) runs in the 1.40, 10 run, we are just getting to know this horse but he seems in very good heart and should be fine on the track and ground.
Benny’s Secret then bids for a hat trick of wins in the 2.15, whilst I feel he is still progressive going right handed round a fast sharp track like this is a big unknown, it’s also another step up in grade for him and whilst I am hoping he will run very well a stiffer test of stamina may be required to see him progress, 11 run and Lucy rides.
A maximum field of 15 contest the last race at 3.20 and we run the enigmatic Dance of Fire, he’s a talented flat performer that has yet to translate that to hurdling, it may be that he doesn’t stay and a smaller field on better ground would help that but we have certainly never had him in better heart and he wears a first time hood to try to stop him over-racing in the early stages. They have announced a precautionary inspection at 8.30, I hope that proves unnecessary as I’m not sure I have the mental strength to cope with a 7th consecutive abandonment!