Relatively calm today and a touch milder,  a day between two storms.  Unsurprisingly Ayr’s fixture tomorrow has been abandoned, waterlogged and an atrocious forecast; will therefore hopefully be Newcastle on Wednesday next where the have been innovative in scheduling an all chase card in the face of a waterlogged hurdle track – thank you James.

Tipsy Dara (Kelly) "3rd time up" at Kinneston yesterday

Tipsy Dara (Kelly) “3rd time up” at Kinneston yesterday

Frustrating and we must have replacement fixtures programmed as and when the weather settles down, the situation is same across pretty much  the whole of the UK and Ireland and the ground at Uttoxeter yesterday was as desperate as anything I have seen anywhere.  Few horses proved capable of handling it but I am delighted that the two Kinneston runners proved up to the challenge and both ran personal bests.  Clan Legend faced an 8lb rise in his attempt to complete a rare four timer – 11st 11lb and a solitary mistake two out just proved too much but he battled on in the toughest of fashions to finish a close 3rd, an admirable effort in this higher grade.

Oh for the summer days, Clan Legend as a youngster up the hill, Friday night was his first away from Kinneston.

Oh for the summer evenings, Clan Legend as a youngster up the hill, Friday night was his first away from Kinneston.

Marlee Massie proved more than capable of defying his 14lb rise to complete a hat trick, again proving tough and gritty – I hope his former owner Allan Neill was watching from above, he gave up his horses when he became ill two years ago and very sadly died 10 days ago, I know he took huge pleasure from his first two wins.  It was a big call to travel the horses so far whilst storm Gertrude was raging and it was a huge relief to know they were back safe and sound when I heard the lorry rumbling up the drive just after 1am this morning- a big effort from Amy and David who travelled them and they deserve plenty of credit; to an extent we were trapped into it by circumstance but it still felt that we were verging on the irrational – at least we got a result!

Marlee Massie on his racecourse debut at Perth, he's come a long way (this was before the race!)

Marlee Massie on his racecourse debut at Perth, he’s come a long way (this was before the race!)

And the forlorn trainer sets off in pursuit...

And the forlorn trainer sets off in pursuit…