So the dismal infrastructure that we are currently having to put up with in Central Scotland caused us to have to go via Carlisle to Newcastle on Saturday but I didn’t mind one jot as I was delighted to be going racing with three decent chances and even more delighted that for once my optimism proved justified with two winners and a third.

Gold Opera

Gold Opera on Saturday

Both winners were very special (which wins aren’t?).  It was a first win for Gold Opera who is owned by a great bunch of guys that have had to be very patient, almost exactly a year ago I took a call  which made me think we might never get this horse back but a tremendous team effort appears to have turned him round.  It didn’t look that way down the back straight and my head was in my hands as he trailed the field, Lucy had to be at her very strongest to get him back into contention and though awkward he won a little cosily in the end under what was an exceptional ride, he certainly isn’t a two miler so hopefully there will be more to come from him when he is stepped up in trip if we can keep him right and I would urge anyone with a sexist bias to watch that race and tell me that female jockeys are weak.

Happiness is.....

Happiness is…..

Earlier Clan Chief notched up the 17th win for our mare Harrietfield, to be honest I would have been very disappointed if he had been beaten and he made hard enough work of it but he doesn’t want ground like that and should be better over fences to which he will revert next time.

Clan Chief

Clan Chief

The Orange Rogue ran and jumped well but just didn’t quite appear to see out the trip on such holding ground, a pleasing run nevertheless.   A magical day that reaffirmed my belief in what we do, a magical Sunday as well with a special family lunch and then AP magnificent in collecting his award on Sports Personality of the Year, a wonderful programme that reminded me that yes, sport does matter.

Our three 6yo sons of Gold Well - all maidens when I posted this picture in October - all winners now - told you I loved that sire!

Our three 6yo sons of Gold Well – all maidens when I posted this picture in October – all winners now – told you I loved that sire!

Wet again today, much colder again, icy rain and Ayr abandoned which means we will have a quiet week, a (very) brief mid-season break for the horses now, vaccinations, worming etc and then hopefully a strong team for Kelso on Tues 29th.  Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for taking time to read these musings…