Colder tonight, making me nervous, had enough frost, Newcastle hopefully be OK tomorrow, Sedgefield Tuesday and Carlisle Wednesday look very iffy.  Despite a reasonably full programme it is surprisingly difficult to find the right races for horses – grade/distance/track/going – and when you pinpoint a race for a horse and prepare it accordingly it is rather frustrating when the weather interferes – and that has happened to the team dozens of times over the last 10 weeks, one then ends up forced to compromise and often disappointed.  Never mind, the weather can’t be helped, nice problems to have in the bigger picture of things I suppose.

Accost (Alannah)

So, it is soft with heavy places at Newcastle, an 8am inspection due to frost but they sound optimistic and I hope they are right because we have five runners declared and they will be on the road early.  The first two have missed numerous engagements due to the weather already but appear fit and well to make their racecourse debuts in the mares bumper at 1.40, this is being run on Newcastle’s tapeta all weather track which should suit Accost (Lucy) and Sueno Toms (Grant), they both have a lot to learn and will hopefully have a nice introduction tomorrow, 13 run.

Gold Opera – has won twice at Newcastle but this is a step up in class

We run Gold Opera in the feature chase at 2.45, Lucy rides and 6 run, after a very promising seasonal debut he disappointed twice, I’m hoping there were reasons for that and we will be hoping for better tomorrow though I suspect he would be seen to better effect with more weight in a lower grade as these are very decent horses he is taking on.  We then have two runners in the 3.50, Titian Boy (Brian Hughes) and McGinty’s Dream (Lucy), 10 run.

Titian Boy (Amy) a good 2nd here last spring

Going track and trip should suit both of these horses and it is a shame they have to take each other on, they have different styles of running though and I would hope to see them both involved at the business end of the race.  Seeing plenty of the A1 having been up and down to Alnwick today where Royal Chatelier and Frankie’s Promise ran very respectably to finish 3rd and 4th, can’t really say the same for Thomond at Musselburgh yesterday – he was disappointing, not suited by the track or rain softened ground but should still have done better, a work in progress!

McGinty’s Dream – his only hurdle win came here at Newcastle