Sunday, 13 March 2011

Winter returns

Cold & wet here today but at least the snow from yesterday has mostly vanished, we withdrew Forcefield from Ayr once the ground had turned heavy and the Cumberland p2p was abandoned so a welcome weekend at home.  I note that Nicky Henderson walks the course at Cheltenham on the Sunday to alleviate stress, I bet he needed it this morning, what a disaster, to have to pull the favourite out of the champion hurdle for a technicality must be devastating; I think he should provide a little more detail on what actually happened to try to dampen the rumours, it's a great shame and will detract from the race - damaging to the sport in general.
Seeking Power on his way past Sammy Spiderman at Newcastle in January, the latter won at Ayr yesterday, the former runs off a 15lb lower mark at Hexham on Thursday (if its on!)
We will not be represented at Cheltenham this year, one day we will, hopefully we will be at Hexham on Thursday with Seeking Power who runs in the four miler off 9st 7lb on heavy ground (unraceable at present), conditions should be perfect for him, this is his Grand National!  Other potential runners are - Northern Flame at Newcastle on Saturday; Noir et Vert,  Almost Blue, Commercial Express & Minimo at the Buccleuch p2p on Saturday; Forcefield at Carlisle on Sunday; Twelve Paces, Isla Patriot and Playing Footsie at Kelso on Monday 21st but that seems a long time away, could do with things drying up a bit.. planning to head to the Cotswolds for a couple of days tomorrow, teeth permitting.  Still waiting to hear from Fabby Frank re some tips, probably best if we don't!  If we do will update blog but will not alert via email you will be pleased to hear.

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