Ryalex, pictured, returned to his favourite track with an excellent run to be second on ground that was just getting lively for him. His jumping was back to normal and he powered up the run in to just fail to catch the leader. He has had a busy season but retains his joy for life and may be back at Carlisle at Easter.
Sammy B also ran a super race to be third and this reinforced that he is back to being a competent racehorse. This was his third run after a long time off and I feel that he will be even more battle hardened next time. Rivabodiva bravely tried to make all but she was passed as the pace quickened and paid for her over enthusiasm towards the finish.
Ain't My Fault hung left throughout, but was still battling away in second when taking a sliding fall at the last. He was winded but given time to recover was fine when he returned to the stables. It is always a worry when the screens go up, and he will be fully checked before returning to cantering this week.
After racing Derek and Stephen rode One For Arthur and Grand Morning, jumping one circuit of the fences. Having had a hard bit of work on Saturday we were keen to give Arthur another school over fences before the National in a fortnight and he jumped with sense and enthusiasm. There is a photo of him on the home page; look at the joy in his eyes as he jumps the last. On dismounting Derek was very complimentary about Arthur's attitude and the Golf Widows, Belinda and Debs and all the team here are now looking forward to fine tuning Arthur for Aintree.