A busy Monday as the team slips into its ever effective and efficient work with all of the horses being trotted up and checked by Jamie, and those horses who were ridden having some gentle work to ease them into the week.
The filming crew for Bet365 were in to continue to film for their pre Grand National film and they set up a film studio in the barn at Kilduff, pictured. A most professional team they produce stunning footage and we look forward to seeing the result next week. Also in were journalists Marcus Armitage, Cornelius Lysaght and Marcus Townsend who are all covering the Grand National.
We have five runners at Hexham tomorrow starting with two in the novice handicap hurdle; Mint Gold and Saint Freule. Mint has developed into a lovely young horse and while two miles may be on the short side for him in time, it is far enough at this stage. Despite already winning he still needs to learn a bit about racing and can be keen at home. However, he should be suited by the early hill and I think that he can continue to improve. Saint Freule has lots of ability as he showed when winning at Hexham in November, but his over enthusiasm gets him into trouble and he planted at the start last Saturday at Kelso. Blair and Jaimie have a plan to help him tomorrow and if he can jump off and settle then he will run well.
Katalystic makes a quick return having run with credit last time. We have dropped him in trip and if he jumps slicker he should better his previous third placing.
Arizona Bound ran a great race to return to form when second and if he can build on that run he has every chance tomorrow. Prince Dundee has a pair of cheekpieces added; he is a good moving horse but yet to focus on his job so hopefully, the headgear will help him.