Ah Winter!

Today we had a proper day of winter with snow starting at eight o'clock and continuing through the day, making working conditions a bit miserable. The gallops were still in action and the waterproofs and warm clothes were put to the test.

We still had a good day and were joined by owners Geoff Brown who came to pat his two fillies, Charlie's Lass who is due to run in a bumper soon, and May who is by Shantou and in pre-training.

Also braving the elements were Atholl Duncan, Emily Black, George and Trish Bolton, Gerry and Margaret Mcgladery and Izzy and Melissa who came to see Kelpies Myth and Gerry's string, including Doc Hooves and Present Flight who are pictured cantering back down the woodchip led by Kelpies.

Jaimie and Steve packed the lorry and left for Haydock to avoid the freezing overnight temperatures; we have two runners on heavy ground tomorrow.

Saint Freule faces stiff competition in his novice hurdle but with a hood on we are hoping that he can settle and race properly rather than being headstrong as he has been in his first two hurdle races. 

Voyage A New York should love the ground and while he is at the bottom of the handicap he should be suited by the big fences and the track.

Both horses will be ridden by Derek who we are proud to say won the Stobart Lesters Jump Ride of the year award. There is coverage of this award being presented to him by Mick Fitzgerald on Attheraces this evening. 

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