A blustery day at Kinross this morning and the lorry has left with six horses, four runners and two to school round after racing.
We start racing with one of my favourite horses, Ain't My Fault. A strong chasing type he has lots of scope and should benefit from this step up in distance. His season is geared around getting some experience before chasing and he has continued to strengthen this winter.
Ryalex was unlucky to get low and fall two out last time and while this is a better race he has been fresh at home, in particular, round the farm where it is hard to keep his enthusiasm in tap. He loves Carlisle and we hope that the ground is still on the soft side for him.
Having thought that the ground was too quick for Rivabodiva yesterday she joins her stablemate Sammy B in the three mile handicap hurdle. Riva always wears her heart on her sleeve and as a result has stayed this season on her rather inflated handicap mark of 117, but she continues to run consistently and the stiff finish will play to her strengths. Sammy B has lots of ability and we were pleased with his third at Ayr when he looked to be coming back to top form. He is another genuine type and has every chance this afternoon.
After racing Carlisle has very kindly allowed us to school One For Arthur as he continues on his road to Aintree. He worked hard yesterday and Erin was delighted with his strong gallop fourth time up. A gentle school round today is the aim, and we can then put the finishing touches to his Grand National preparations.