So another week flies by, the weather improved (a bit) but it’s raining again now, sigh, dreams (literally) of a return to working on the much missed grass tomorrow morning hang in the balance…. Good results without a winner at Newcastle on Wednesday, The Orange Rogue running right up to his best to finish 2nd, Little Glenshee coming back to form to also finish 2nd to the “winner without a penalty” referred to below and Tipsy Dara running a huge race to finish an excellent 3rd, freely available at 40-1 before the race I thought she was extraordinary each way value, it’s lovely when the market gets it so completely wrong – just a shame she didn’t win! Back down the road to Wetherby tomorrow where we have two declared runners on ground that is currently soft but may ease further with overnight rain forecast.
Another Mattie (Lucy) runs in the 3.20, 8 rum, he is on an upward curve but the handicapper has responded accordingly and he will need to run a career best to be involved – not impossible and he’ll be fine at the track and on the ground especially if the rain freshens it up a bit. Wicklow Lad is in the 3.55, Kit rides and 8 run but he is a doubtful runner, Lucy also rides Smart Boy for Tim Easterby and Trevor Hemmings in the bumper at 4.30.
Musselburgh then stage an excellent and valuable card on Sunday with top trainers from all over the country being well represented – leaves us up against it I am afraid but we are keen to support the meeting and have three declared runners on ground that should be in the easy side of good. Calivigny won well twice at Ayr in the autumn before running a flat race at Newcastle in late November, we have given him a little time since then and it will be interesting to see how he fares stepped up in class on Sunday, Lucy rides and 4 run at 3.30pm.
Isla Pearl Fisher then runs in the Scottish Foxhunters Chase at 4.00pm, Kit rides and 11 run, this looks suitably competitive for what is an excellent prize. Finally Landecker is declared to run in the 4.30, a busy week to follow with entries at Musselburgh Monday, Carlisle Wednesday, Doncaster Thursday and Wetherby Friday – we hope to have runners at them all but can’t quite see me appearing everywhere, maybe. Sadly I won’t be at Wetherby tomorrow either as I want to supervise work here in the morning and then have a longstanding commitment to watch Scotland win the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield… we’ll see and I will be in cose communication with events at Wetherby.