Cold and frosty, beautiful seasonal weather and a busy morning on the yard. Time to indulge with a few pictures from first lot today, it was simply stunning, and also time to reflect on the exceptional effort put in over the Festive period by the fantastic team of staff here; racing up and down the country, 4.30am starts for some and back late, horses turned out immaculately and running well, and the team back at base working tirelessly to ensure the 48 horses we have in one way or another along with another 9 at grass all want for nothing. The show goes on and I’m deeply appreciative of the sacrifice and commitment of the Team.
And it will be a very early start on Boxing Day with Lake View Lad heading down to Wetherby to run in the Rowland Meyrick Chase, a listed handicap that sits as the centrepiece of the North’s Christmas programme he faces a tough ask with 11st 10lb on is back despite winning well last time.
He’s in great fettle though and it’s brilliant to be going for another big race with him so fingers crossed he runs his race, Henry Brooke rides and 8 run.
On Saturday at Haydock there was a brief moment when I thought another big prize was going to come our way, Clan Legend cruised into the home straight looking every bit the winner of the Tommy Whittle but sadly he didn’t stay and weakened into an honourable 5th from the 2nd last.
Earlier in the card Off the Hook upped her game in better company as I had hoped to finish a close 3rd in the Listed Mares Hurdle doing her best work at the end, delighted with that. Spirit of Kayf was a little bit fresh but ran well enough until the effects of two years off kicked in, the best news is that he has come out of the race really well.
At the end of the card Road to Gold made a mistake going down the back and didn’t want to know after that, whether it was that or the first time visor I’m not sure but hopefully he will be out again soon. Happy Christmas everyone!