Thursday, 26 April 2012

Muddy Perth

Lucy on Four Fiddlers (Dennis Penny)
Cool but dry this morning with a stiff breeze and the sun trying to show its face, a while since we've seen it but forecast improving so hopefully this weather pattern is about to change.  A scamper on the grass this morning for tomorrow's runners and most of the others, they all appear fresh and well including Tipsy Dara who we will declare for the Highland National at 2.35 tomorrow, Perth's first race to be shown live on Channel 4, Lucy will ride and 11 run on what will be very soft ground; it's a huge ask for her after her slog in the mud at Hexham on Monday but she has come out of her race well and was bucking in her stable awaiting her feed last night so who knows.  Prior to that we run Little Glenshee in the 2.00, 7 run, Peter Buchanan rides, the trip will be on the sharp side for her but she needs experience hurdling.  Buffalo Ballet was declared for the bumper but I have just heard that it has been cancelled, seems a somwewhat premature decision. Lucy also rides Cheatingsideoftwon in the 2pm, Niaid de Misselot in the 3.45, Rossinis Dancer in the 4.20 and Higgs Bosun in the 4.50.
It was too soft for Four Fiddlers yesterday, he needs goodish ground but he still put his miserable Kelso effort behind him and plugged on gamely to finish 4th, The Paddy Premium didn't like the mud and was up against it but he jumped round nicely to pick up a good 3rd prize, all being well both will reappear as soon as things dry up a bit
The Paddy Premium
Huge disappointment that an early decision was taken to abandon the Fife point-to-point on the basis of a poor weather forecast yesterday, a very hasty decision taken with scant regard to those that have invested in preparing horses to take part, after a poor turnout of runners in recent years some have gone to particular effort to produce horses to support this fixture and I'm not sure they will bother in future when the fixture isn't given every chance to go ahead.
Some more excellent pictures from Perth yesterday taken by Frank Cornfield

No, that's not mud on Mark's face!

Mid - div

Need a shower?

4F with Emma, he did look smart!

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