The stormiest of weeks and the team here have done a fantastic job to keep the show on the road in some of the worst conditions that I can remember, more to come sadly but at least the days are drawing out a little. Although I’ve been here for part of every day this week I have been flitting about the country a bit catching up with a few people but sadly logistics will prevent me from being at Uttoxeter tomorrow where we have two runners on ground that will be heavy. After a chaotic morning on the roads up here the weather settled down a little to allow the lorry to leave at lunchtime with Amy, David, Clan Legend and Marlee Massie on board. It is a long way but with the recent series of abandonments, a very dodgy forecast and no sign of any replacement fixtures I feel we need to take our chance but it does feel a bit bonkers.
Lucy is down there to ride them and Clan Legend runs in the 2.55, he is progressive having won his last three races but he is up 8lb for his latest win and I’m not sure how much more there is to come until he is stepped up in trip – he should love the ground but how will he cope with his first night ever way from Kinneston? – eek, 6 run. Marlee Massie then runs in the 4.25, he is also progressive having won his last two and has had a nice little break, he should be fine on the ground and shouldn’t be far away if handling the journey etc. I am delighted to report that Fran has made it to the final three in the “Dedication to Racing” category of the Stud & Stable Staff Awards, these are the “Oscars” for the people that deserve recognition more than anyone else in our sport and it is thoroughly appropriate that Fran has made it this far. Racing UK were here filming a short profile of her and some other bits and bobs yesterday, it will be shown a few times over the next week, I will try to find a way to put it on the website.