Dry, breezy & cool today and tomorrow we head off down the west coast to Carlisle for one runner followed by another at Aintree on Thursday.  Conditions drying quickly and we are hoping for good to soft at Carlisle where we run Calivigny in the 4.05, Lucy rides and 8 run.

Calivigny earlier this season at Carlisle

He ran well here over course and distance last time out when 2nd to a very well handicapped horse and if he can repeat the same form tomorrow shouldn’t be far away. On Thursday at Aintree we run Top Cat Henry in the Foxhunters over the Grand National Course, also at 4.05, Kit rides and the ground will be on the soft side of good.  This has been the target since we bought this horse and it looks as if there will be an ultra competitive maximum field declared; I am just delighted that barring calamities in the next 48 hours we look like making the line up.Whilst it will be a new experience for the jockey the horse was a good 6th in the Topham over course and distance last year and won last time out in good style so lets hope they have a good spin, anything else very much a bonus – it’s great to be able to write another little chapter in the family’s history in the race with Father winning it 51 years ago, stepfather John winning it 33 years ago and brother Jamie completing 20 years ago.

Marlee Massie

A mixed sort of day at Kelso yesterday; a much more encouraging display from Christmas in USA to finish 4th, he can build on this, an exceptional effort from Marlee Massie who was just beaten under top weight, Another Mattie as I suspected was anchored by his 8lb rise for winning last time and Bertalus, Andhaar and Just Brooke didn’t handle the very holding ground – there will be other days for them I hope.  Not that I expect anybody to be interested but we are trialing a short video preview of our runners this month which is being distributed on our social media channels, if you are a glutton for punishment then follow us on twitter – @kinneston or instagram – @kinneston or go to the Kinneston page on Facebook, I’m not sure how keen I am on the latter but this “memory” that popped up this morning did make me chuckle, taken in a motorway service station in Switzerland, happy days…..