So, another fine day and a dozen working on the grass and some schooling for the point-to-pointers, an interesting forecast though, let’s hope the Beeb are being a little melodramatic because we have two lorries heading to Newcastle where the drying ground is presently good to soft with soft places, could be a bit softer by race time I think.
We have two runners in the opener at 1.50, Clan Chief (Lucy) who bids to make amends for his mishap at Ayr last week and Dutch Canyon (Stephen) who I hope will show a little progress from his pleasing debut over hurdles, there are two smart horses in this – Fascino Rustico who was sold to the champion trainer for £325,000 after winning a Carlisle bumper, he failed to win a race with him and the owner moved him to his protegee Dan Skelton who seems to have found the key, watch out for this horse in one of the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival. The other one is the ex Godolphin Zip Top who this time last year was running in the desert off a flat rating of 110, so, it will be interesting, 9 run.
Then in the 2.20 we run Little Glenshee, Lucy rides, 5 run, a drop in class and an experimental step up in trip she should go well if it rains and it doesn’t come too soon after Haydock. In the 2.50 we run El Fontan with Blair on board, he has lost his way a bit so we will be hoping this lower grade will help him rebuild his confidence. Finally in the 3.50 we run Calivigny, Lucy rides and 14 run, I would like to think he will improve for his good 2nd at Ayr last time and he should also like the track and ground, if so he ought to be in the first four.