Wild again today, strong winds with some fierce gusts and showers of hard driven rain and sleet.  All horses exercised as planned thanks to the dedication and commitment of the team, sadly including those entered for Ayr today which was called off mid-morning yesterday as a result of a violent storm causing structural damage.  The news reached us en route to Kelso, there is a danger of grumpiness when carefully laid plans are suddenly turned on their head, a lot of thought and work from the team has gone in by this stage and alternatives are hard to come by, however can’t be helped and best to take the philosophical approach with other meetings this week to look forward to at Newcastle, Musselburgh and possibly Haydock, not to forget the West Percy point-to-point at Alnwick on Sunday.

Snuker was given a particularly determined ride by Lucy to win yesterday, off the bridle for most of the 3m 3f he stayed on strongly to win going away

Snuker was given a particularly never-say-die ride by Lucy to win yesterday, off the bridle for most of the 3m 3f he stayed on strongly to win going away

The day improved with a wonderful day’s racing at Kelso, a great atmosphere created by genuine NH racing enthusiasts and some important local winners including one for Lucy on Snuker and all the Southern raiders seen off again.  Sadly no prize money heading to Kinneston but much happier with Dutch Canyon’s effort and Wicklow Lad was still travelling strongly when he blundered and unseated Gemma at the 11th fence.  Plenty of entries this week, not at all sure what we will run at this stage and struggling for alternatives for our Ayr runners, amongst the entries is our dark horse from C4’s The Morning Line, you can see an edited version of the feature here –

Footage courtesy Channel 4 Morning Line.