Still cold & grey, drizzle but forecast much better for next week, at last. A busy weekend ahead if the weather behaves (am I really saying this in mid April?) with a double header at Newcastle (heavy) and horses to be prepared for Kelso on Monday. There’s a 7am inspection at Newcastle tomorrow but hopefully all will be OK for the lorry to set sail with 3 runners and first off is The Orange Rogue at 2.10, Lucy rides and 6 run.
The Orange Rogue
He was running well when he fell at Ayr last time out and is a course and distance winner who won’t mind the ground so hopefully he will be involved at the business end. Next up is Titian Boy at 5pm, 8 run and Will Kennedy rides, his best run last season was when he was just beaten over course and distance in February – he is best caught fresh and seems in grand form so fingers crossed.
Finally Grant rides Dutch Canyon in the 5.45, 11 run, he ran very well when 2nd last time at Musselburgh – ground will be very different tomorrow but he’s dropping back in trip and should go so well if in the same form.
Dutch Canyon (Catch)
Obviously all eyes will be on Aintree and it will be different watching from Newcastle but there is sure to be a great atmosphere so I’m looking forward to it, a heavy ground National seems appropriate this year so it will be won with the horse with the most stamina – a wonderful race in prospect. Whilst we may not have the class of horse to compete at the very top I’ve been greatly enjoying the success of Nicky Henderson in the Grade One races, Clare has been there all winter and is thoroughly involved with the team at Seven Barrows all of whom seem to work exceptionally hard on a relentless basis. Particularly special was Terrefort winning the Mildmay Novice Chase today as Clare rides him out most days, Lucy also rode him there one day and rode him a few times at Macaire’s in France last summer – small world!