Colder again, busy bees, took three horses to Musselburgh this afternoon, a couple to work after racing and one for a quiet but important day out; Newcastle tomorrow where we have one runner, Landecker making his hurdling debut in the 3.15 on what should be good ground, 10 run, Lucy rides, he is a lovely horse who has run well in his p2p and in a bumper but will be seen to better effect over further in time. Then a very nice owner has invited Kit and me to join him in his box at St James’s Park for a 5.30 kick-off vs West Brom, perfect timing and fits in nicely with trip to Carlisle on Sunday where we intend to have 3 runners on the good to soft ground; in the 12.05 Frankie’s Promise bids to improve on a promising if rather erratic 3rd at Ayr last time, I have been very pleased with him at home and the step up in trip should suit, not so sure about the track and there are a couple of decent looking winners to contend with but I hope he runs well, 9 run Lucy rides. Then so long as it isn’t too soft Isla Pearl Fisher makes his seasonal debut in the 1.55, Lucy rides and 7 run, this is a competitive race for a good prize and I suspect he may come on for the run, finally in the 3.30 Makhzoon makes a quick reappearance in a bid to follow up his Wetherby success on Wednesday, he is 9lb ahead of the handicapper but far from certain to produce the same effort again, fingers crossed, 11 run and Kit rides.
It was extremely kind of Musselburgh to let us work horses there today, it is hugely helpful in preparing a horse and the opportunities are far too rare in this part of the world putting us at a disadvantage to most of the rest of the UK and Ireland. The reason that the courses can’t let us do it more often is that far too many of us want to do it and that puts too much pressure on the racing surface, understandable but the demand proves my point and it would be wonderful if something could be set up whereby there were regular opportunities to work on a racecourse or even have schooling races as they do in Ireland, anyway, thank you to everyone at Musselburgh for letting us on this afternoon.