We had an important schooling day today with some of the horses who are due to run soon.
One For Arthur is due to make his comeback in the next few weeks and holds an entry at Aintree in the Many Clouds Chase. Whether he takes up the engagement is partly dictated by the going; if it is soft he may run. He will be ridden by Tom Scudamore as Derek is off having had a back operation.
So, this afternoon Arthur and some of his mates schooled. We were joined by Andrew Parker who was taking photos for the Racing Post (Article tomorrow) and by Debs Thomson and the Two Black Labs, Dom and Louis.
We plan to also take Voix D'Eau and Forest Des Aigles to Aintree for the National fences; both are entered in the Grand Sefton, and both had a jump today over the chase fences, as did Arthur; he was schooling for the first time since April 2017 and was understandably a little rusty over the first few fences. Second time up though, he was back in the swing of things and flew the fences with confidence.
Also schooling was Big River who shows no ill effects after his fall at Newcastle last weekend, and Grand Morning who will resume his novice chase career this month.
Earlier we jumped the novice hurdlers, Scales Of Justice, Katalystic, Prince Dundee and Buddha Scheme.
Buddha Scheme then set off to Haydock where he runs in the two mile six furlong maiden hurdle. Another Milan who is best on soft ground, Buddha ran with promise in his bumper. He is a big chasing type and will need a fence to bring out the best in him, but he should be able to run respectively over hurdles before then.
Musselburgh yesterday saw us withdraw two horses; Present Flight was stiff after Carlisle, while the ground was too quick for Thepensionfund.
Urban Kode ran his usual honest race to be third staying on but lacking a zip in the final few furlongs. Charlies Lass delighted her trainer by settling better and jumping competently for a first time hurdler. She will improve on her fourth place over further and looks to have a great racing attitude. Poor Simone looked to be cruising in the novice handicap chase but having made a mistake four out she only ran on at one pace, and was found to be lame afterwards.