Goodbye to January and hello to February and as I write the rain has started so we could be about to see some proper winter jumping on soft ground at last.
Our horses are freshening up for the next few weeks and we have just about finished all the clipping on the yard, with a few of the horses starting to show the gleam of their summer coats coming through.
The BHA has given a replacement fixture to Musselbugh on Sunday and many of their feature races from last weekend are rescheduled. There is also an extra fixture at Musselburgh next Wednesday: a fixture that they gained from Towcester. In addition to Ayr and Kelso next week we should have plenty of opportunities for our horses.
At home Lucky Flight has settled in to his work and we are very pleased with him. I think he is great value for his rating and the ability that he showed when winning his point to point is evident already at home. He is for sale so please contact me if you are interested in him.
We also have some horses for rehoming; El is in charge of placing them in their best home and she uses Facebook to advertise them. Please have a look there to see more information on them.
Tomorrow we are taking five to Ayr, including some young novices setting out on their hurdling and chasing careers.
In the novice hurdle Exit To Where is back in trip after his first run in the UK last month. He is still quite immature in his work at home but has come on for his run last time.
Gars Bar Dine and Katalystic both have their first chase run in the three mile novice handicap chase. A clear round from both is the aim tomorrow as they step up in trip.
Effet Special is back in trip and he has experience having schooled round here alongside One For Arthur last month. That was his first taste of UK fences and this five year old French chase winner could be a nice type for the future.
Finally, we have another young chaser in Prince Dundee who is stepping up significantly in trip in the three mile handicap chase. He jumped well on his chase debut over just two miles and while he lacks the race experience of some of his rivals he has the ability for this sphere.
The photograph from the weekend is of Crumbs, Dr Hooves, Rivabodiva, Royal Reserve and Aurora Thunder. And my upbeat mood is inspired by Scotland's performance at Murrayfield last Saturday!