Isla Pearl Fisher and Little Glenshee in the snow not very long ago

I think I noticed one decent day as the weather changed from bitterly cold East wind to bitterly cold West wind with heavy rain, no fun and the ground at Ayr has changed from good to firm to soft with heavy places and some standing water.  Am enjoying being back in the front line with the horses though and we have had a busy and hopefully productive time working horses all week on the all-weather and grass gallops – hope springs eternal in this game and watching the penny drop with young horses is fun and rewarding.  Other than that the focus has been on trying to have Lucy’s licence restored this week after her Wetherby fall,  the BHA are wisely very cautious about letting jockeys come back too quickly after concussions and the timing is tight, their Medical Department and the Professional Jockeys Association have been most helpful and so long as she passes the required tests on Friday morning she will then be clear to ride thereafter.  A month or so ago the BBC were here in the snow to make a short film about Lucy and Isla Pearl Fisher as part of their build up to the Scottish Grand National; although the soft ground has ruled him out of the race the programme will be broadcast tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 7pm on BBC 2 (Scotland).   Our only possible runner now at the Ayr meeting will be Little Glenshee in the valuable Mares Handicap Hurdle on Friday, decision in the morning!