Another fine morning, milder now, the cool East wind has relented but no sign of rain, the driest spell I can remember and reflected by firm ground up and down the country, Wincanton abandoned due to hard ground, Carlisle chase course deemed unfit to race on and a total of 15 horses contested the six races at the Lauderdale point-to-point on Sunday. So the Kinneston horses will just have to sit this out; no runners at Kelso tomorrow or Carlisle on Thursday, a few entries made for the weekend at Hexham and Aspatria in the hope of rain and am sure Perth will be very well watered for their two day May fixture next week so will have a few entries there.

The mobile training unit

A visit yesterday from the Racing School’s mobile training unit to provide valuable work rider tuition for the team, something we hope to repeat that on a regular basis, and an opportune moment for a fleeting visit to France to see some horses. I’ve been racing a fair bit in Paris and occasionally in the Provinces but this is a chance to delve a little deeper into the jump racing scene over there, will rack up a few miles no doubt and probably eat too much but looking forward to ending up in Paris on Thursday night and sharing the sense of celebration with the French electorate having shown some sense in electing Macron – a huge relief in my humble opinion after the Brexit and Trump disasters.