Can the weather get any wilder? It was snowed white over at Castleton this morning, and our children didn’t make it to school until 10am when the steep bank to Castleton finally thawed enough to be safe to get out! Kim and Charlotte wisely parked up half way down the bank after an alarming skid and walked the rest of the way, and then proceeded to get thoroughly
drenched all day with Rachael as the snow turned to torrential rain. I imagine it was just as dreadful at Middleham and worse again riding out on the Moor which is totally exposed. It is still pouring and blowing a gale outside now at 7pm and no doubt further NH meetings will be abandoned due to waterlogging at this rate, we are hoping Haydock , Ascot and Market Rasen will all be on this weekend – we have Matthew Riley, Stopped Out and Rumble of Thunder all set to make appearances.
Yesterday at Ayr we saw another good performance from Ancient Times who beat all bar last weeks rival, W six Times – they came miles clear of the third and it was an honourable defeat. Its one all between these two now.
The bumper turned into a farcical affair and the slow pace for much of the race was totally against Hail the Brave who is a potential 3 miler. He was close up 5th and this is not a result to read too literally. His Owners and breeder enjoyed a good day out though, despite the chill.
The journey home for Julie, Kyle, Adam and Steve in the 2 box plus the horses turned into an absolute nightmare – the weather was atrocious, they got to the A66 which was then closed and they had to go an hour and a half the WRONG way to get up to Newcastle and come down the A1 back home, finally arriving back exhausted at 2.30am. Julie deserves a medal for driving and its a journey that will live long in their memory – driving snow, wind and sleet battering the waggon from all directions with slippy conditions underneath just to make matters worse!
Phil got behind the wheel today to take Iktiview to Musselburgh, and he ran well enough in a competitive handicap (5th) , the ground being a bit slow for him and not helping his jumping early on, but he fairly flew home up the straight and is worth another chance on better ground on the back of this effort. He looks as though he would stay 3 miles now and is desperate for some respite from the handicapper . Phil and Owner, Eddie Coates are still on their way back – somewhere near the Metro Centre, no doubt it has been via a Macdonalds or KFC stop along the way! The box might have gone up with one but its on its way back with two – and they are staying at the hotel Dibble Bridge tonight, stables ready with feeds waiting. Phil has collected Northern Sprint handicapper, Herenowandwhy who joins us for the 2014 flat season for The Jolly Beggars P’ship. Blackie as he is known at home, is a 7 year old 5 time winner, a consistent fun horse in whom a 10th share is available, costs are 10% share at £140 per month, all in or 2 x 5% shares at £70 per month. Interested? Please email the Owners directly firstname.lastname@example.org
While Julie was battling back from Ayr yesterday, Phil was at Southwell with various jockeys and 5 of our bumper horses plus Mrs Eff for a racecourse gallop and an educational walk around the paddock. All went well and it was good to hear that the giant Stenna for the Waking Ned P’ship enjoyed his first taste of the track, he went with encouragement for Russ Kennemore.
No racing tomorrow, getting our breath back for the weekend.
Newsletter delayed but not forgotten – its like writing the Racing Post! 13 pages later, its almost finished, should be in your inboxes and on the private page by the morning.
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