Conditions for the committed at the West Percy point-to-point but lots of runners made for an afternoon of competitive racing despite the very wet ground. A gritty performance from Present Potential to win the 16 runner maiden despite being harassed by two loose horses for most of the race and being carried very wide by them on the bend turning in to the home straight, he rallied bravely under a strong ride from Kit and this was a most pleasing performance on ground that would be far from from suitable, with any luck there will be more to come from him. This was the race we envisaged when we bought him at DBS last August so its nice when plans work out for a change, just a shame that various members of team Kinneston managed to grab all the 6-1 leaving poor old trainer with rather measly “3”s – still not complaining! Earlier in the afternoon Ocarina and Backontheroad both ran well to finish 3rd and 4th respectively in the Men’s Open.
Wetherby today is subject to an 8am inspection for frost, our three runners travelled down yesterday afternoon and if racing is given the go-ahead we run Little Glenshee in the 12.50, 8 run, Brian Harding rides, she has top weight and after last time a clear round will do thank you, she seems well. Then Brian also rides Blackmore in the 1.20, 16 run and again it looks as if he has plenty of weight in a a competitive handicap, finally Kit rides Wicklow Lad in the 1.50, 7 run, he has been in good heart since his win at Ayr earlier this month.