Breezy today and some soft rain; a runner tomorrow at Wetherby, Bertalus in the 4.30, where the ground has been well watered and should ride on the soft side of good, 13 run.  It is only his second chase and he moves into handicap company but the track should suit fine and he should appreciate the step up in trip – just a shame there are so many runners!

Bertalus (Lucy & Mhairi)

Bertalus (Mhairi & Lucy)

Runners aplenty at Sedgefield today, 70 no less, where I would venture to say they are staging their best ever day’s jump racing,  £76,000 on offer and delighted the track has been well rewarded, the new management at ARC are investing heavily in their jump racing programme and hopefully others will take note – put up the money and the horses will come, the virtuous circle begins. Lucy is there for one ride, Ascot de Bruyere, in the 3pm.

Some atmospheric autumn mornings this week

Some atmospheric autumn mornings this week

At Ayr on Monday Bracing ran with promise on her comeback and looked like being involved until tiring after the last to finish 5th, Andhaar was held up out the back and unfortunately was hampered by a faller just as he was about to makehis move, they will both hopefully be out again soon.  All being well we will have a runner or two at Ayr on Saturday and then again at Carlisle on Sunday; two more quality Northern cards and the latter looks as good as any card so far this season, very competitive again, we are being helped by many of the Southern trainers having to look North due to the ground being so firm further South, helped to the extent that we are staging good competitive racing, not helped so far as Team Kinneston winning any prize money!

Queen of Avalon, unraced 5yo by Westerner from top class family, due to run next month, a one sixth share remains available as part of free lease.

Queen of Avalon, unraced 5yo by Westerner from top class family, due to run next month, a one sixth share remains available as part of free lease.