Brutal weather yesterday; fierce winds, heavy rain, sleet and not much better today with the wind picking up ahead of what looks like being a stormy afternoon, tough conditions for exercising horses and set in for a few days so hardly ideal for the Festive period but morale is good and three proper lots completed this morning ahead of the worst of the wind.

Christmas in USA

Not the greatest of days at Ayr on Monday and frustrated with myself for running a few horses back too quickly, will I never learn?  It is easy to get carried away in this game and forget the over-riding rule that the patient way is always the best way, anyway, it was great to have Lucy back riding and all horses and riders home unscathed so can’t complain.

Lucy back in the saddle on Another Mattie

As to the individual performances, a confidence boosting run from Craiganboy after his previous heavy fall, Christmas in USA fell but was tiring – he is running well below his French form and I can’t put my finger on why, he’s the one that kept me awake on Monday night and full investigations are underway.  Titian Boy ran gallantly to finish third but was essentially very flat and should be given time between his races, he will have a good break now; it was an error running The Bishop 12 days after a gruelling 3 miler at Hexham – Kit wisely pulled him up without putting him under too much duress.

Little Glenshee leads the way

Another Mattie’s race wasn’t run to suit him at all but he didn’t jump well and is better than this, Little Glenshee ran well enough but is still off a higher hurdle mark than she has ever won off and is rising 11 so is bound to be vulnerable, she may or may not be seen again on the racecourse.

So, no runners now until Kelso next Thursday though Lucy is at Sedgefield on Monday to ride Un Guet Apens in the 2.45; this 10 day gap allows us to vaccinate and worm the whole yard and just give them a slightly easier time for a few days – it’s good to be able to catch up with all of that in one go and we hope this will freshen them up and pay dividends ahead of a busy time over New Year.  I thoroughly recommend this article by Emma Berry in the Thoroughbred Daily News – A morning with Sir Mark Prescott – very entertaining, one or two of our team are seconded to Sir Mark’s each summer, they are a delight to deal with and the arrangement works well all round, Happy Christmas everyone and thank you for taking time to read the blog and keep up with the news from Kinneston.  A few more of Frank’s excellent pictures –

A late Christmas present? Left Back is an imposing 4yo son of Oscar who is showing plenty of promise and should be ready to run in a month – call me if you would like details