Its a late one…I am up finishing a painting ahead of an early start to Musselburgh tomorrow with Phil – two runners at our lucky track, and then on to Newcastle for the Northern racing Awards with our good friends Jay and Sandra Hogg. Stopped Out has been nominated as Northern hurdler and Platinum has secured me a nomination for the ‘Owner’ award.
Its not just Musselburgh tomorrow – the lovely grey Word of Warning runs on the AW at W’hampton in a 1m6f maiden, it doesn’t look easy but it will be interesting to see how he copes with the surface and he always works well at home, good luck to the Twelve Go Racing P’ship.
The two chestnut geldings Cleve Cottage and Call it On run in the same handicap hurdle at Doncaster, Richie rides Cleve in the colours of Dave and Mark Philips who own him with Gareth Fawcett. This strapping gelding found the ground too tacky at Wetherby last time, and the surface tomorrow will be much more to his liking. Call it On goes on most ground and Kyle is back on board – he had two good wins on him at Huntingdon last season but is still off a career high mark and may yet need a bit more leniency to get his head back in front. He retains plenty of enthusiasm at home though!
Back to Musselburgh and Burn’s Night must have a serious chance in the 3m h’cap hurdle with the ground in his favour – amazing considering its late November and they are calling it good-firm!! We would perhaps prefer it to be 2m 6f, but expect to see more reserved tactics applied as he was in front too far from home last time in a race that just collapsed around him. He is a model of consistency and it should be hard to keep him out of the money again – he has been in the top 2 on his only 5 runs for us over hurdles. Pass Muster has been off for a long time and will come on for the run but is fit enough to do himself justice as the saying goes! He is still a novice but has to jump into open company here to get the ground, and will need to jump slickly to get involved around this fast track. Adam Nicol rides both and will be looking forward to his alarm clock going off in the morning!
Good luck to all our owners with runners tomorrow – and safe passage for the horses and jockeys.
I took this photo of ‘Esk Valley Lady’ today being long reined by Kim and Becky – she behaved beautifully and takes everything in her stride. She is called Grace for her stable name.
And followers of our yard from the start will recognise this face….our retired ‘Amazing King’ who is actually enjoying being back in and living a life of luxury again.
He is stabled next door to the exciting new ‘Perennial’ who is now on a short winter break, he ran well at kempton and we should have a lot to look forward to with him in 2014.
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