Well, I succumbed, after a week of frost I could no longer tolerate the “Special K Summer Berries” and switched to the winter porridge routine, hoped for a bonus in the belief that with school runs no longer required the golden syrup police might still be in bed, alas not, beady eyes watching, I suggest it might be nice if made with cream, she thinks water might be more appropriate, I reach for the wicked squeezy bottle, fortunately it all disappears below the surface, just a drop of course…..

Schooling

Anyway, very frosty again but gallop in fine fettle and most of them worked three times up, a few went hacking in the forestry or around the farm, trying to keep them fresh and fit, seems to be working. Lots of entries at Ayr, a few strange names from the South, must be becoming very frustrated down there, clouded over here now and whilst its still cold I think conditions ought to open up to allow racing to go ahead at the weekend, sadly no entries this time at Musselburgh from the “nearly” champion trainer, NJH, suspect his owners smarting after last weekend’s abortive travel costs, not sure the races look like “Cheltenham Trials” any more but still an excellent card, I hope they get the declarations they deserve as it is important these rescheduled fixtures are well-supported. Several nice articles in the press today re Lucy, I believe generated by her last school’s PR department, I submitted one or two pictures, they used quite a boring one, prefer if they had used the one above, a good racing position for a 9yo schooling over hurdles!