Cooler today but fine weather for the time of year and spring is a week nearer. Good sport at Kelso yesterday and both of our runners ran above my expectations which sent me home in top form, Landecker didn’t travel especially well on the tacky and holding ground but still appeared to run to his best to be 2nd, he should improve again for better ground next time but I have to say I was surprised how well he handled conditions yesterday so now need new excuses for poor runs in the past!
Landecker, courtesy of Dennis Penny
Wicklow Lad loves that ground and he ran an exceptional race to finish 3rd, only beaten a short head and a length by last season’s champion UK point-to-pointer and a £90k purchase out of the champion trainer’s yard and well clear of the rest of the field; I had wondered if Wicklow had lost his sparkle and had been wondering whether to retire him so to see him run as well as that at the age of 13 on his 67th start gave me a huge buzz, both were given excellent rides by Kit.
On the other hand I think I ought to retire Here’s to Harry who’s breathing couldn’t handle the deep ground at Newcastle on Wednesday, trouble is I worry about his legs too much on good ground so that’s that I suppose… didn’t stop me having a decent bet on him mind you at 66-1, when will I learn. Clan Legend ran well in his first handicap chase, he jumped exceptionally well and whilst his exuberance at that level led him to tire in the closing stages there should be plenty more to come from him.
Clan Legend leads the way at Newcastle on Wednesday
So, no winners this week but six of our eight runners were placed and for a change nothing surprised me by running below par, that leaves me in a better frame of mind than I was a week ago, hopefully the consistent form that we had become accustomed to in the past is coming back in what has been a tricky season for many yards, let’s hope so – fingers crossed! Nothing this weekend, will be catching up in the office as we hope to have a couple of runners at Carlisle on Monday and Wetherby on Tuesday, will depend on the weather.