A cold Friday evening to end a busy week; due to get milder over the weekend, and busier! It starts with a small birthday party this evening for a cousin, the first of our generation to collect his bus pass, scary – be me soon (sad face), then off to Newcastle early in the morning where we have three runners. Weather has been rough down there this week and I would expect the ground to be heavy which will certainly suit our first two runners and is an unknown for the third.
The first is The Orange Rogue in the 12.30, Lucy is declared to ride though we are still awaiting clearance from the BHA, 12 run and this is really his minimum trip so his competitiveness is likely to rest around how deep the ground is, he’s in good heart and will have improved for his seasonal debut.
Then in the 1.40 we run Lake View Lad with Stephen Mulqueen on board, 6 run and he takes a big step up in trip, we are hoping that will suit him very well and whilst he has to shoulder top weight I am still very much hoping that time will prove him to be a better horse than this.
Finally we run Silk or Scarlet (Lucy?) in the 2.45, 12 run, there are a few decent unexposed horses in this and we will probably be seen in a better light over further in due course however he should step up on his stable debut at Hexham. Back up the road tomorrow night and then back down to Carlisle on Sunday where we have a probably 5 runners on what is the inaugural Northern Lights finals day, an excellent initiative from the BHA to provide really good prize money for horses that are decent enough but not quite good enough to compete for the usual better races. Ground there needs to thaw out and a little rain tomorrow evening would be a big help otherwise the ground might be very holding which won’t suit any of our runners.
We start with Jet Master in the 1.55 (Lucy?), 9 run, he’s had a busy autumn and would prefer a flat track but could still run well back over hurdles.
Then Buffalo Ballet runs in the 2.25, 9 run again and I’m not sure this is really his track or distance however he could prove well-handicapped if he handles these different conditions.
Landecker (Kit) and Another Mattie (Lucy?) run in the 3.00 – ground and track might not be ideal for Landecker though he ran well last time out, Another Mattie will be fine on the ground but is another who I think prefers a flat track.
Finally we run Calivigny (Lucy?) in the 3.30, 10 run, he likes the track though the ground may not suit if it is sticky – he wears a visor for the first time which may improve him.
Hmm, far too many question marks in this blog, anyway hope they all come home safe, Fight Away Boys ran well enough at Musselburgh yesterday to be 4th, he will come on for the run and we will know a bit more about him next time, delighted that while we were there Gillies dropped off and exciting new arrival from Ireland in the form of Eagle Ridge, here he is…