Bright and sunny but very cold and frosty, only a hint of snow so we appear to be missing the worst of this wintery blast, unlike Catterick today which is abandoned and Wetherby has called an inspection at 2pm this afternoon for it’s meeting tomorrow.  Would be nice if this weather moves on quickly as intending to be very busy next week, gallop continues to hold up and we were even able to school Standintheband, Clan Legend, Buffalo Ballet, Titian Boy, Another Mattie and the un-named Dr Massini 4yo in the arena.

Master Butcher

Master Butcher

Let’s hope the Musselburgh Cheltenham Trials day on Sunday escapes the weather, they are putting on an excellent 8 race card sadly not featuring any Kinneston horses though we hope to have 3 or 4 runners at the track on Monday; our only runners over the weekend are also dependent on the weather being kind enough to let the rescheduled West Percy point-to-point go ahead tomorrow at Alnwick where we plan to run Master Butcher and Afterclass, 7.30am inspection, Kit should also have a few outside rides but is no longer going to the Durham point-to-point on Sunday which has already been abandoned.  Nothing on the cards for Lucy until Monday, a good but sobering article in today’s RP by Peter Thomas on the unequal struggle faced by female jockeys, particularly like the photograph!

Afterclass

Afterclass

We had a mixed day at Newcastle, a possible career best from Little Glenshee when she was just denied in the 3m handicap chase followed by a definite career worst from El Fontan who never picked up the bridle, he is being thoroughly checked out.  The slow pace didn’t suit Calivigny who then made a couple of mistakes at the crucial moment when the pace picked up and couldn’t get back into it. Dutch Canyon  progressed nicely from his previous start and Clan Chief jumped much better, will be more to come from the pair of them in due course.