Quieter weather today and a gentle day back at base with the point-to-point at Alnwick abandoned due to waterlogging; checking the horses, in the office, a walk round a very wet farm and plenty of time to reflect on a wonderful day at Kelso yesterday. Two very special winners including winning the “Cyril Alexander” with Clan Legend, the final foal of Harrietfield who was herself the last horse he bred having died 25 years ago.
Poignant indeed with lots of family present and for once a long term plan came off, the only thing missing being Lucy on board, and a very special win for The Orange Rogue who made all to run out a convincing winner off a career high handicap mark, brave and bold.
In the last race McGinty’s Dream pulled far too hard in what was a very slowly run affair and hence found nothing off the bridle, there will be other days for him. Encouraging that despite a strong challenge from some of the big Southern yards and four of the top five jockeys being present for Kelso’s valuable card, all the winners were trained in the North. It’s been rather a good week, 5 winners from 7 runners doesn’t happen often but we were due a breakthrough as the vast majority of our previous dozen or so runners had been placed, it’s hard to pinpoint why though I have a few theories, the pendulum of fate swinging our way perhaps. I do know that we are fortunate to have a fantastic team of staff here led by Catch who all put their very best into looking after these horses; they do all the work, they all play their part and they all deserve huge credit, my job only really extends to making sure the horses run in the right races, anyway, let’s hope we can keep it going.