Torrential rain and high winds but it was a good day on the yard with horses worked then back in their boxes and well rugged up in good time. We have also found a good supply of washed carrots so each horse has half a kilo a day to add some variety and to add extra vitamins to their diet. They also love them!
The ground will be testing at Hexham tomorrow, but safe and we are pleased to have a few making their return to the track. In the first race, we have two; Celtic Flames who won last time at Perth in 2018; he likes to come from off the pace so do not be worried if he is held up in the early part of the race. Haul Us In is a lovely mare who took time to get competitive as a young horse but then won three times in a row. She has a marathon absence of 600 days to overcome but looks in good shape at home.
Arizona Bound enjoyed the slower pace of the four miler here last month and if he can keep interested he is on a dangerously low handicap mark in the three mile chase.
OrionInverness carries top weight in the two and a half mile handicap chase, he is a course and distance winner and has looked happy at home recently. We are hoping that he runs a good race for the Tay Valley Chasers.
Emissaire is a light framed type who struggles to maintain condition so has been given an easy time between races. He should stay further than this two miles in time but needs to be stronger before we step him up in trip.
Finally, we run a lovely filly in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle, Calle Malva. By Getaway she has come on at home since her last run and although she looks like a stayer we are conscious that she is just a four year old. She is the type to continue to improve with age.