The vilest of weather, hail and freezing rain, wind, cold and due to turn to snow overnight. Not ideal for an early start to head to the point-to-point at Alnwick tomorrow where our veteran schoolmaster Rossini’s Dancer will give one of our Barn Managers Mhairi Ogilvie her first ride in the Ladies Open, weather permitting of course and we will be hoping they both look after each other.
Drove up from Cheltenham this morning and was most impressed that thanks to C&C Transport last night’s purchase Ebony Jewel was already here at Kinneston, I am really pleased that this good looking son of Westerner has joined the yard, out of a Saddlers Hall mare from a good family he posted a smart piece of form when runner up on his debut in a bumper at Haydock ten days ago; he has been bought by Lynne and Angus Maclennan and I am delighted they have joined our team of Owners, let’s hope we are lucky.
A mixed sort of day at Newcastle on Thursday en route to Cheltenham; Moores Novelty pulled up after travelling sweetly for the first mile, we quickly worked out why but I’m not quite sure where we go from here, Manetti ran a similar sort of race to his debut to finish 4th, I had hoped he would improve for the better ground and whilst he was in good company I was a little disappointed, Christmas in USA also finished 4th but I was happy with him, it was a messy sort of race and he ran well in the circumstances, he is proving hard to win with but is at least now more consistent and we should be able to find easier opportunities.
Fly Rory Fly ran better to also come 4th, a couple of blunders at the wrong time cost him but it was a much more encouraging effort, The Orange Rogue travelled and jumped with enthusiasm but then landed on top of the open ditch and ejected Grant, My Son John was green and will improve hugely for the experience. This week we look like being at Hexham on Thursday and then Haydock and Newcastle on Saturday, this assumes we survive our Christmas night out on Tuesday, we appear to be a table of 30 this year, crikey!