Very different conditions now, wind and rain, lots of migratory geese in the skies and the leaves are turning and beginning to fall.  A thoroughly ordinary day at Carlisle on Thursday, teaching McGinty’s Dream to settle was always going to be a painful process and painful it was but settle he did and we can be a little handier next time; I did think Landecker would run much better and was disappointed with the way he failed to travel and jumped averagely – he had been in great form at home but seemed petulant before he even set off on Thursday, all being well we will take him back to his favourite track Kelso in early November and hopefully see a different horse.

The point-to-pointers are back in and in light work; Allthekingshorses and Royal Chatelier relaxing post their march up into the forestry this morning

The point-to-pointers are back in and in light work; Allthekingshorses and Royal Chatelier relaxing post their march up into the forestry this morning

Tremendous racing from Ascot this afternoon, Champions Day comes of age, but a dearth of racing in the North until Carlisle again next Thursday, picks up after that though with Kelso on Saturday, Aintree on Sunday and Ayr on Monday so if the rain keeps up we should be busy; we have almost 30 horses with targets pencilled in over the next four weeks.  In the meantime a brief update on a few of the newcomers to the yard with pictures from our Owners Day, more to follow next week I hope.

Final Reminder has her first proper piece of work this morning , the winner of her only start in an Irish point-to-point she may start off at Newcastle in a month.

Final Reminder has her first proper piece of work this morning , the winner of her only start in an Irish point-to-point she may start off in the mares maiden hurdle at Newcastle next month.

Craiganboy has been working particularly well and  if it is soft enough should make his debut for the yard at Ayr later this month.

Craiganboy has been working particularly well and if it is soft enough should make his debut for the yard at Ayr later this month.

The recently named Queen of Avalon is an unraced 5yo by Westerner and we hope to start her off in the mares bumper at Ayr next month - there is a one sixth share available.

The recently named Queen of Avalon is an unraced 5yo by Westerner and we hope to start her off in the mares bumper at Ayr next month – there is a one sixth share available.

Off the Hook is a recently named unraced 4yo filly by Getaway, the plan is the mares bumper at Kelso early next month.

Off the Hook is a recently named unraced 4yo filly by Getaway, the plan is the mares bumper at Kelso early next month.