Milder today but a changeable week in store, London bound for next 48 hours, Catch taking over the controls at a busy time. A tremendous win at Newcastle on Saturday with Lake View Lad opening his account over fences in great style, he’s a good horse and let’s hope luck stays on his side. It wasn’t nearly soft enough earlier on the card for The Orange Rogue who was wisely pulled up by Lucy and then Silk or Scarlet was unfortunately kicked at the start and had to be withdrawn, fortunately he was fine by the time he returned to the stable yard.
At Carlisle on Sunday as I suspected most of our runners weren’t suited by the track and soft conditions however it was important to support an initiative from the BHA that provides an opportunity to run for good prize money for middle tier horses, it would be nice to think that this sort of series could be replicated in all the regions in due course.
The highlight of our day was Calivigny finishing an excellent 2nd to a well handicapped horse, he keeps bumping in to one but surely his day will come soon, especially if stepped up to 3 miles I think. Earlier Jet Master ran OK but deep ground blunts his turn of foot, Buffalo Ballet ran a grand race to finish a close 5th but he really needs a flat track to be seen at his best, too soft for Landecker – back to Kelso for him and something seems amiss with Another Mattie – I hope we can find out what is bothering him, I have my suspicions. Trainers meetings tomorrow at the BHA, trainers feeling slightly under the cosh at present; a lot of new rules and hoops to jump through – non-runners, wind operations, culpability plus a never ending increase in red tape, its’s the way of the world I suppose but generally increases stress levels as it is easy to make genuine mistakes – most of us are only doing our best. Runners this week possibly at Haydock on Wednesday, Aintree, Wetherby on Saturday along with the first point-to-point of the season at Alnwick then Kelso on Sunday – let’s hope the weather behaves. Oh, and another winner for the team yesterday with Johnny recording a personal best to win the Edinburgh Christmas 5k – and nobody there to support him this time.