Colder today, a north easterly breeze, dull and showery. Busy as ever and the horses seem fresh and well, a nasty fall for Sally this morning followed by a long day in A&E but on the way home now and I am sure you will all join me in wishing her the speediest of recoveries. One runner at Musselburgh tomorrow where the ground is good though they will probably get some rain, good declarations and plenty of runners – Andhaar runs in the 1.10, 12 run and Jamie Hamilton rides.
He is wearing a visor for the first time and is very lowly rated based on his better form if it sparks a revival, he’s been running well enough to think this could make that marginal improvement, fingers crossed.
Things didn’t go our way at Carlisle on Sunday, Lake View Lad jumped nicely over the first few fences but lost his confidence a little once headed, he was just working his way back into contention when he was “too long” at the 9th fence and hit it hard with his hind quarters, whilst he was brave enough to get back into contention again turning for home a rough passage round the bend didn’t help, his earlier efforts took their toll and he finished tired and sore – not what we wanted at all and symptomatic of the way the current system forces us to over-face inexperienced chasers that have high ratings from their hurdling career. He should be fine in a couple of days but we will give him time and with luck there will be many more better days ahead.
In the bumper Queen of Avalon travelled sweetly but then stopped suddenly, endoscopic examination revealed a lot of mud in her nasal passages so let’s hope that is what stopped her. Trade was very strong at the boutique sale after racing at Cheltenham on Friday, big prices being paid for promising young horses but I don’t think any of them are heading North to be trained, that’s a shame. A few pictures taken by Frank from Saturday morning.