Wet again but a brief window this morning after the rain and frost to do some schooling and we made the most of it. Clan Chief, The Orange Rogue, Frankie’s Promise and Celestino schooled over fences and Lake View Lad, Secret Act, Back on the Road, The Bishop, Jane’s Fantasy, Bertalus, Road to Gold and Benny’s Secret all schooled over hurdles. Jumping a variety of obstacles in the school were Here’s to Harry, Academy, McGinty’s Dream and Been Decided. A decent run from Jet Master at Haydock on Saturday to finish a close up 6th in a hot race, we should be able to find something a little easier for him next. Haydock can sometimes feel rather distant but it was notable that I was able to set the day up here and hand over to Catch at 7.30am, drive down, have lunch, saddle my runner, watch a couple of other races and jump in the car again to get back here to catch the tail end of evening stables, it’s is an excellent track with good prize money that is very much on our radar screen going forward even if we do bump into some rather expensive horses there from the Southern yards.
So, we will be heading back South to Sedgefield early tomorrow morning with two runners on what will be soft ground; Clan Chief makes his chasing debut in the 2.20, Lucy rides and 12 run, he was disappointing over hurdles last season but I expect him to leave that form behind now he faces the bigger obstacles, first time out though we will of course be concentrating on a clear round. Then in the bumper at 3.20 we run Heilan Rebel, Lucy rides, it won’t be the ideal track for him but I expect him to show plenty of progress from his run at Kelso in the early spring, he has been in much better heart this time round – 6 run and then we are aiming to be at Wetherby on Wednesday.