We have just the two runners at Newcastle on Saturday after Grand Morning put in a sticky round of jumping at Wetherby today and will not take up his engagement tomorrow.
Royal Reserve will carry the hopes of the London Scots For Doddie, an enthusiastic group connected to London Scottish Rugby who donate all the prizemoney earned by their racehorse to the Doddie Weir charity, My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. Royal Reserve has been campaigned on the flat recently but his runs back in 2017 suggested that he can be successful over hurdles. He probably wants the ground to be faster than is forecasted tomorrow but a solid run and some prizemoney for Doddie will set him up for the rest of the season.
Pinspot has his first run in a handicap tomorrow and we step him up in trip as he looks to have stamina. A genuine young horse, he deserves to do well over hurdles and could be another for the spring and early summer.
At home we have a few new faces on the yard: we have a new rider in Hugo Oliveira who has ridden flat winners in his native Portugal and worked for Sir Mark Prescott and John Gosden in Newmarket. Also joining to ride and work in the yard is Bethan Whamond who has experience in different yards including a horse rescue sanctuary. Sarah Broadhurst has started helping at Arlary at weekends, and we have had the enthusiastic Rhona Campbell-Crawford helping at Kilduff during the Christmas holidays.
We are delighted to report that Cameron is back home from the Borders General Hospital and is allowed to walk with the aid of a back brace. He aims to head to the Jack Berry House in a week or so to continue his recuperation.
Also in the news is the five year old Emirat De Cantana, a Linda's Lad offspring who has had two runs in Irish point to points but did not stay the three mile trip. He is to be campaigned in bumpers and hurdles this spring and will run for the British Racing Club; click HERE for more information on how to join this wide reaching friendly club.