…are improving and a positively balmy 6 degrees here today, amazingly dry, not so at Newcastle obviously where the ground is expected to be heavy if they pass the 8am inspection for racing tomorrow.  We have four declared runners starting with Marlee Mourinho (Lucy) in the 2.20, 8 run, he was just beaten over course and distance two starts ago and was still travelling well when falling two out last time so he ought to have a chance but he really wants better ground, no other races for him this month so he will take his chance.  Then in the 2.55 we run Clan Legend, he bids to make amends for his early departure at Ayr last time and a clear round is the only priority, 10 run and Lucy rides.

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue (Shellie)

The Orange Rogue (Stephen) runs in the 3.25, 8 run, he takes a big step up in trip, he is bred to stay and won a point-to-point but this will be very different for him, he won’t mind the ground and should go well if he switches off early on; then finally we run Ceilidh in the 4.30, Lucy rides and 11 run, I am hoping that she will prove well handicapped in time, this is an ordinary race but again I would prefer better ground.