Very cold, as it is up and down the country, as cold as it has been for a good few years. Ground too hard to turn horses out so the team here had to work particularly hard to ensure all 43 horses had time out of their box on the horsewalker, we find a little bit of exercise on a Sunday averts plenty of possible problems on a Monday. With racing abandoned today at Kelso and tomorrow at Musselburgh it looks like we will be riding out a record number here this week, not ideal in the weather but hopefully some steps taken this afternoon to ensure all gallops bar the sand are in good working order.
Left Back (Crawford) leads the field a merry dance in the maiden yesterday (pic courtesy of Alan Raeburn – www.caledoniaphoto.co.uk)
A great point-to-point at Alnwick yesterday, the cold weather and amateur ethos combine to produce a crowd of genuine enthusiasts which creates a great atmosphere – no winners for us but happy with how our three ran and Kit managed to get into the winners enclosure with three of his four rides. It’s meant to be a busy week coming up for us but looking at the forecast I’m not sure we will be racing very much at all, having to come up with a lot of “plan B’s” for horses that were meant to be having their pre Christmas runs this week, let’s hope it gets milder soon!