Cold today but nothing extreme and looks like a quiet week on the weather front with the hard frost away, hope it stays away because we have an important 10 days coming up with lots of runners around the country.  A couple of benefits from last week’s hard frost;  we were able to move the schooling fences and hurdles onto fresh ground which will stand us in good stead going forward as it had become very poached where they were, and secondly the new all-weather surface in our round school lived up to its name and rode beautifully despite persistent sub zero temperatures that touched -7 degrees.

Steam rising from first lot as they head down the gallop this morning

Steam rising from first lot as they head down the gallop this morning

Two fair runs at Newcastle on Saturday, both would have preferred it softer but Christmas in USA ran a nice sort of race to be 5th in decent company, staying on well at the end, and The Orange Rogue travelled and jumped well prior to being done for a bit of speed in the latter stages over an inadequate trip, I thought he really needed heavy before but I now think he will be OK at three miles on that sort of ground.

And the sun shines on these two 3yo fillies who having been in training until a few weeks ago will now have a break before resuming training early next year

And the sun shines on two 3yo fillies who having been in training until a few weeks ago will now have a break before resuming training early next year

Carlisle abandoned yesterday and a few days to make progress here prior to what we hope will be a busy time with plenty of entries at Wetherby and Aintree on Saturday, Kelso on Sunday and Ayr on Monday – it’s been an annoying spell to be honest, after unsuitably fast ground through October into the early part of this month we seemed to be getting going with a few winners but have moved swiftly to abandonments during a period when fixtures have been sparse enough anyway.  We’ve missed some really good opportunities and it feels tricky placing some horses in the right races, hmmmph, these phases are nothing new but be nice if the good lord would allow us to create a some continuity and rhythm to the season, fingers crossed.

Gold Opera (Isla) 3rd lot this morning - will bid to make amends for his poor run at Uttoxeter next week.

Gold Opera (Isla) 3rd lot this morning – will bid to make amends for his poor run at Uttoxeter next week.