Light rain now, missed storm Eleanor but to turn very cold again at the weekend and conditions remain challenging though a “weather window” this morning allowed us to do plenty of schooling. Very wet all over the place including at Wetherby where we have two declared runners tomorrow and the meeting is subject to an 8.15 inspection. Deep sigh…. hopefully it will be on as our lorry will be on the road well before then and the Amateur Riders Handicap Chase at 2.55 looks a nice opportunity for both The Bishop (Kit) and Massini’s Lady (Gina Andrews).
The former looks well handicapped over fences and couldn’t have the ground soft enough, the latter is having only her 2nd start over fences but has placed form both over hurdles and in point-to-points, her dam won 3m 4f cross country chases in France so you would like to think she will improve over fences and stay well, she’s built to be a chaser but quite a big ask first time out.
At Ayr on Tuesday we had a mixed sort of day, the highlight was Off the Hook running a thoroughly promising race to finish 2nd at 50-1, quite emotional after what she has been through and if luck stays on her side there should be loads to come. In the same race Up Helly Aa King made a good hurdling debut, jumping nicely before tiring as they turned for home, that was no surprise and I was just pleased to have him back on the track and home in one piece. Calivigny also ran a nice race looking the winner until the 2nd last, he faded then and I don’t think he saw the trip out in the extreme conditions, I would also put Titian Boy’s disappointing 4th down to the ground, he wants it soft but just isn’t strong enough for very deep stuff. A busy weekend looms with a very uncertain weather forecast, lots of plans to be made that may come to nothing, far from ideal but all part of the game.