Methodtothemadness showed lots of promise when third in her mares bumper at Doncaster, settling really well and showing a good attitude to gallop to the line. This run will have done her confidence good and she will probably head to the mares EBF final at Sandown in March.
At Cheltenham, Forest Des Aigles jumped swiftly and was produced for his run two out but could not quite quicken on the good ground. He is a horse with lots of class though and we may look at Aintree in the spring for him.
After an excellent Saturday at Cheltenham with great friends Scu and I then flew to Ireland where we watched the runners at the Kilfeackle point to point. Holding ground meant that the big field of eighteen good looking five year olds was reduced to just five finishers. There were also a number of nice mares running, a couple who could be competitive on the track.
Back home today and a long round up of all the horses with Jamie, including their next couple of target races. We are still struggling to find soft ground for many of our true winter horses and this week looks drier than ever.
Newcastle has had a little rain, and with luck may have some more tomorrow during racing as we have three contenders who love the mud.
Bialco found conditions against him a few times last season and having returned to France and Denmark for the summer he is back in Scotland in search of soft ground. If he runs to his mark tomorrow, over an ideal trip for him, he has a strong each way chance.
Misfits has thrived since encountering soft ground and while this is a competitive handicap he arrives in good order having had time to get over some quick runs in the autumn.
Finally, we run stable favourtite, Mumgos Debut. Twice a winner since wind surgery he has been finishing his races much better than before and has every chance tomorrow in a tight handicap.