An effective morning on the yard with Cheltenham contender Big River having a strong piece of work on the grass; he is entered at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima handicap chase on Tuesday 10th, and the Kim Muir handicap chase on Thursday 12th and we will decide on Sunday which he goes for.
One For Arthur is in good form and had an exercise ECG yesterday he is pictured with Rachel Jago checking the wires. Dr John Keen is analysing the results and is to produce a full report. All the reports on Arthur's heart are being sent to the BHA vets so that they know the situation; we want to be sure that everyone is happy with Arthur's health as he is prepared for Aintree. John Keen is going to speak to Gordon Brown on Racing TV tomorrow to explain the procedures that we have taken and to explain the condition that Arthur had at Haydock.
We have three runners at Kelso tomorrow and one at Doncaster.
Looks Like Murt won over three miles at Kelso in the autumn and has been unlucky to not complete the next twice. We are dropping him back markedly in trip to two miles tomorrow but we need a confidence boosting round to set him up for some nice targets later in March and April.
We run two in the two mile six handicap hurdle; Bialco is back at his favourite track and has been looking well and going nicely at home. He is joined by Sutton Manor a big chasing type who was fifth in the Pertemps Final at the Festival some years ago. Off the track for over five hundered days he will improve for the outing but is another horse with plenty of ability.
Meanwhile, at Doncaster our tough filly Aurora Thunder seeks black type in the Listed mares three mile novice hurdle. She will relish the soft ground and the step up in distance and we are hoping for a big run from her.
Today at Doncaster Well Above Par did not fare so well, dropping off the pace when headed in the two and a half mile chase. This was an off day from him.