Two satisfying runs at Musselburgh yesterday from Whybutwhy and Bracing, both showing good progress from their previous starts, more to come from them I hope, and a splendid winner at Doncaster for Lucy.  ATR a little unkind in filming the trainer James watching the race, it’s gone a bit viral on facebook and twitter, I was probably doing the same thing watching on the big screen in the paddock at Musselburgh.

Clan Chief - an embryonic chaser (or perhaps that is the clan chief in the background?!)

Clan Chief – an embryonic chaser (or perhaps that is the clan chief in the background?!)

Lot’s of horses to exercise here this morning then off to Newcastle where we have two runners in the last race at 3.15,  Clan Chief (Lucy) and Ceilidh (Stephen), 12 run and ground will be soft; this is a nice race for these two horses on one of the North’s big jumping days, I expect (or hope?!) Clan Chief will leave his disappointing hurdle debut behind him but will improve for the experience, Ceilidh is taking forever to come to hand and another step in the right direction will be enough for me.

Ceilidh (wearing another clan chief's colours?) at Kelso last time

Ceilidh (wearing another clan chief’s colours?) at Kelso last time

Back up the A1 tonight and then off down the M74 to Carlisle tomorrow where we run Rossini’s Dancer in the 3.30, 9 run, Kit rides, ground will be soft; although he has top weight in this race we are attempting to take advantage of his lower rating over hurdles, he should go well if he stays the 3m trip which I think he should having won chases over 3m.  Lucy will be there to ride Un Guet Apens in the 12.20, Scorpion’s Sting in the 12.50, Lord Wishes in the 1.55 and Dunbarton in the 2.25.  I particularly enjoyed the Q&A with Phillip Hobbs article in the RP yesterday, especially his analogy that horses are like bars of soap, you only get so much use out of them but you don’t know how big the bar of soap is, absolutely, it is great to see him having such a good season and he might well win the Hennessy this afternoon with Fingal Bay (that’s almost a tip but not wishing to jinx the hope of such a decent man!)

Rossini's Dancer with Kit over fences at Musselburgh

Rossini’s Dancer with Kit over fences at Musselburgh (ditto?)