Colder today, and generally rather dull and damp, an unsettled week forecast.  So, our first flat runner for a few years tomorrow, Dance of Fire in the 2.10 at Newcastle, on the tapeta all weather surface so going “standard” – 14 run and our old ally Graham Lee takes the ride.

Dance of Fire skipping over one of the hurdles at Kelso two weeks ago.

Usually I have a vague idea of what to expect when a Kinneston runner goes to post, haven’t a clue this time I’m afraid; he had plenty of ability on the flat so I suppose it’s a case of how much have we managed to slow him down in a year of trying to teach him to stay.  We haven’t done very well in that regard so worth a try back on the level and for the last 10 days the emphasis has been on much faster, shorter work so it will be fascinating to see how he goes; one thing is for sure – he looks fantastic and is full of zest and spark so I couldn’t wish for him to be going there in better shape physically.

Christmas in USA – one of our weekend entries

The race is a “super claimer” with £20k of prize money and he has a claiming price of £25k, this gives him 8st 13lb leaving him “well in” with 8 of the opposition and “badly in” with 5 so the handicapper would have him finishing 6th assuming of course that he runs to his mark of 85.  I’ll be very pleased if he manages that, not sure if I will get there myself as busy here, hoping to give our weekend entries their last piece of work.

And Craiganboy who hopefully goes to Ayr next Monday