Cold this morning, but benign enough weather for the time of year and racing looks like going ahead in the North this week though the abandonments are mounting up in the South. One runner today at Newcastle, Another Mattie in the 3.40, he’s been out of form this season, we think we identified a couple of reasons why and are hoping for an improved run today though his best form to date has been over further, Lucy rides, 11 run and the ground is soft, good to soft in places – will be tacky I imagine. Lucy also rides Copt Hill for Tracy Waggot in the 1.40.
We will then head on South for Doncaster Sales and Wetherby Races tomorrow , we have 3 runners at the latter on ground that will be good to soft starting with Farewelltocheyenne in the 2pm, 10 run and Lucy rides, he’s been fragile but has latent talent as demonstrated by his bumper win two and a half years ago, it’s hard to see why he should be carrying top weight first time out in a handicap based on what he has achieved over hurdles, a nice run and home safe will suffice for him.
Then in the 2.30 we run Buffalo Ballet, he ran nicely on his chasing debut last month to be 3rd and should be able to progress from that though it is a big ask being switched straight into open handicap company so soon, opportunities are limited though, Lucy rides and 8 run.
Last but certainly not least we run Dutch Canyon in the 3.00, 12 run and Lucy rides, he ran well to be 3rd last time at Ayr and I hope he will improve for the step up to 3 miles on ground that should suit.
Bitterly cold at the Jed Forest point-to-point yesterday but plenty of jolly red faces enjoying some really exciting sport, we were delighted with the run of Top Cat Henry to be 2nd in the Mens Open, with any luck we should have plenty of fun with him, Allthekingshorses unfortunately didn’t go on the soft ground.