A more ordinary day at the office yesterday, The Flaming Matron ran a solid race to finish 3rd, only beaten a few lengths she just lacks a bit of acceleration then Northern Acres was travelling well in contention when he fell two out and finally Bertie Milan appeared not to see out the trip in the grueling conditions. After an early start I felt a little weary on the way home but I was in a much better frame of mind than when I last left Newcastle races 3 weeks ago with Lucy in an ambulance with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
A slow start to Sunday but they are busy on the yard ensuring that all 41 current inmates either have a spell on the walker or in the paddocks on a Sunday, I potter round looking at a few horses here and there and after the way the season had been going am really just so relieved that all of the 20 runners we sent out this week seem 100% this morning. Delighted about that and proud of the way they were all turned out immaculately and on time by Toni and her race-day team despite everything that the weather threw at them, also very pleased with the team back here who kept everything moving along perfectly – no mean feat. The results were pretty good as well, most of the horses ran to their best and plenty of cause for optimism for the rest of the season, one or two exceptions – a few riddles to solve as always and a quieter week ahead will allow time to reflect and investigate. No runners planned until Kelso next Sunday, lots going on and plans to make but lets hope the open weather continues to allow us to train and race the horses.