After what has seemed like an interminably long winter the sudden arrival of spring is most welcome in many respects, it is a joy to go out in the mornings, the farm is busy and there is a tremendous lustre in the horses' coats. It does mean that conditions on the tracks are drying up very fast and we hope to have a busy weekend, starting tomorrow at Ayr when Whispering Moor is going to run in the 2.20, only 6 run, James Halliday rides, the ground will be soft still and we are just hoping that he shows us some enthusiasm. On Friday we head to Kelso where the ground will be good, we hope to run Miss Colima in the 3.25 with Fearghal Davies on board and Northern Dusk in the 5.40 with Peter Buchanan. Saturday sees us at the Lanark point-point where we hope our elder son Kit will have his first ride on board Commercial Express, Lucy should be in action on Foodbroker Founder and possibly Contendo whilst Jamie looks like waiting till Sunday at Alnwick where Almost Blue should have a good chance.
I am pleased to report that last weekend was much less eventful than the previous one with Almost Blue finishing a good 3rd of 14 in the Restricted race and Seeking Power 3rd of 14 in the maiden, sent of favourite he was only beaten 3l by the winner and would have gone very close had he not blundered badly at the 4th last. After a winter when we really struggled to get into the money it has been heartening that over the last month 6 of our 11 runners have been placed, including a winner and two 2nds - long may it continue!