Hmmmph, 400 miles is a long way to drive for a PU, disappointing, everything should have been right for Queen of Avalon yesterday and she travelled and jumped sweetly enough but when the going got tough she didn’t and she may not have what it takes to be a racehorse; she recovered very quickly and was as bright as a button afterwards which only reinforces my doubts.  I suppose Cartmel is an idiosyncratic sort of track and she did pull a front shoe off so we probably ought to give her one more chance, perhaps with some headgear next time.

Queen of Avalon at Cartmel yesterday, a bonny horse but is she a racehorse?

I was pleased with young Bruce Lynn’s attitude to his job and the way he rode the horse, a shame she didn’t run better for him but he’s in the right place working for Iain Jardine and could well make the grade as Iain and Val are diligent in their support for him.

Bruce Lynn gets the leg up

And what a day it was for them, a double at Cartmel then winning the famous Ebor at York, so that’s the winner of Europe’s most valuable flat handicap and jumps handicap both trained in Scotland this year despite the absence of the more powerful owners, tremendous stuff and a shame that the RP chose to lead on its obsession with the, admittedly unfortunate, Davy Russell incident instead. On what was a brilliant week for racing – Ullysses, Enable, Marsha and Nakeeta all wonderful stories – more column inches have been devoted to one jockey slapping a horse round the head at Ballinrobe a week ago, it might have been the wrong thing to do but surely our trade paper should focus on those other wonderful stories rather than again obsess about the negative.  This is becoming a theme and horsemen are increasingly frustrated by what appears to be an illogical agenda – don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Elvis Mail (Kit) – he is remarkably mature and sensible for a 3yo

No runners for us now for a couple of weeks at least but 36 in and focus is on preparing them and completing “the project” – stay dry please! Some more photo’s of the horses out at exercise yesterday…

Final Reminder (Lucy H) – she’s put a lot of condition on this summer and hopefully we will see a different horse this season

Titian Boy (Charlotte) has continued to strengthen and should be able to progress again after winning twice last season

Christmas in USA (Claudia) – he should be more effective off a more realistic rating now

Gold Opera (Isla) can continue to progress despite his higher mark after a highly successful 2016/17 season.

The Bishop (Laura) won over hurdles earlier this year but surely a better chaser despite being rated a stone less over fences?