Sunday, 1 April 2012

Off we go again.....

Kinneston dawn (John McBroom)
Back in the driving seat, a frosty start but amazingly dry everywhere, ground conditions more akin to the middle of a dry spell in high summer, turning colder now and an interesting forecast for the coming week, nature will be confused!  Horses back on our "riverbank" summer gallop yesterday for the first time since September, riding well, otherwise a quiet weekend, ideal for making plans.  No runners last week as a result of the prevailing ground but plenty of horses ready to run as and when we can find the right opportunities, I am always in close contact with the team when on holiday discussing each individual horse's requirements on a daily basis, it seems to be working well, all I need to do now is get that periscope hitched up to the internet. Lucy has been racking up the miles over the past week taking in Market Rasen, Newcastle, Wetherby and ending up at Uttoxeter yesterday; rewarded with one good winner on King's Chorister at Newcastle on Thursday, I see her car parked outside this morning, late home from the Midlands.
So, Buccleuch Cup day at Kelso tomorrow, should be an excellent day's racing on properly watered ground and we run Little Glenshee in the 4.00, Lucy rides, 12 run, this trip is likely to prove on the sharp side for her but she needs experience jumping hurdles, she will only take her chance if the ground is on the soft side.  We then run Amulree with Kit on board in the feature race at 4.30, 12 run, this looks competitive but she has been running well in point to points, seems fresh and well and should appreciate the conditions.  Lucy also rides Sumak in the 2.30 and Higgy's Boy in the 5.00.  Thereafter a quiet week on the racing front before we try to be at Haydock, Carlisle and Morpeth on Saturday...
Some great pictures below taken by Frank Cornfield at the Lanark p2p last week, a huge crowd enjoyed competitive racing in glorious sunshine and a historic dead heat between Jamie (47) and Ross Wilson (18)

Jamie on Almost Blue

Desperately close

The judges deliberate.... (don't I know him?)

Not forgetting to weigh in....

Uncle and sister give Kit his instructions

The Jockey's board for the Maiden

Thirsty work....

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