So, a somewhat mediocre afternoon at Musselburgh, I was completely soaked early on and sat in traffic for an hour on the way home, the horses didn’t do a lot to cheer me up but all home safe and tucking in so I have certainly had worse days.   Bracing did actually run well staying on strongly to finish 4th having not had the clearest of passages, Jane’s Fantasy was a bit of a handful but did eventually relax and at least she completed her race – albeit in her own time.  Celestino’s jumping was novicey and not really good enough for a sharp track that requires fast accurate jumping, he will also come on again fitness wise but I had expected better.

Calivigny (Stephen) - scooting clear at Ayr

Calivigny (Stephen) – scooting clear at Ayr

A busy weekend ahead now with 5 runners on soft at Newcastle tomorrow and 3 on heavy at Carlisle on Sunday and we start with Afterclass (Kit) in the 12.30 at Newcastle, 8 run, he would really want heavy ground to be effective at 2m but I was attracted by a lack of strength in depth to the race and am interested as to how he will run over this trip.  Calivigny (Lucy) then takes a step up in class in the “French Furze” hurdle at 1.00 – he has won his last two starts in convincing fashion but this is very different and he has to give weight to all 8 of his rivals, he is progressive though and deserves to take his chance in a race like this.

Frankie's Promise

Frankie’s Promise

We then have two runners in the 1.30, Frankie’s Promise (Lucy) and The Orange Rogue (Stephen), 10 run.  I feel Frankie has been denied a win twice, firstly when unshipping Brian Harding at the last as he was drawing clear at Ayr and then when we attempted a quick follow up at Hexham we were thwarted by the weather – the handicapper has had his say now but he should still put up a bold show.

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue

The Rogue has also been messed around by the weather, he has been in grand form at home and could also run very well especially if whatever soaked me this afternoon turns up at Newcastle – the heavier the better for him.  Finally we run Benny’s Secret (Lucy) in the 3.15, 14 run, he has bags of ability but will probably be better over further in due course.  Hmm not sure when I’m going to squeeze in some lunch, that was another thing that was wrong with today – no lunch!

Lake View Lad at Hexham

Lake View Lad at Hexham

Anyway, if we survive that lot we will head to Carlisle on Sunday where we start with Lake View Lad (Stephen) in the 2.20- he has come out of his bumper win very well, schools nicely and should have a good chance on his hurdling debut if he handles the idiosyncratic inside track at Carlisle.  Then we run Little Glenshee in the Listed Mares race at 2.50, she has no chance on paper against two of her smart opponents but will love the ground and the track and I felt it was very important to support the initiative of running these valuable mares races, 7 run.

Little Glenshee - sorry, love this pic

Little Glenshee – sorry, love this pic, thank you Dennis!

Finally we run The Bishop (Kit) in the 3.20,  9 run – this would be a great race for him on a flat track, however, round the Carlisle rollercoaster?  I’m not sure but it’s worth him taking his chance.  Kit also rides Snuker in the 12.20.