A productive day at Newcastle with three novices all showing plenty of potential.
Haul Us In won her mares novice chase but then did not jump so well at her next chase so we were keen that she returned to full confidence and indeed she jumped well, leading for all of the race but after the final fence. She will come on again for the experience and looks an ideal four mile type next season.
Slainte Mhor has made my Father wait two years before showing the ability that we know he has; he is such a big narrow weak type, but with work and good food he is finally shaping up and his second place was a good effort, especially given that he hurdled so well. Again long distances beckon in time.
Speak Of The Devil is another stayer.. spot the theme. He tried to make all but just got weary in the final few furlongs to be fourth. Still, this was a good effort for a novice and having sharpened up his jumping he has a nice prize in him in time.
We had a good day at home today, spring like weather and everyone in good spirits including the horses. We were joined by Belinda and Fraser who came to watch One For Arthur work as he continues his preparation for Aintree, Tony and Doreen who patted both Elmono and Sutton Manor, and Jean and Bill who watched their recent winner, Blooriedotcom on the gallops.
We are on to Carlisle tomorrow with four runners.
Emissaire was running a super race last time until brought to a standstill by a faller, and he steps up in trip with Cameron on board. He is another who has been immature but who has been looking stronger at home recently.
OrionInverness has been out of form for a few months but the team has worked hard on him at home and we think that he will run a better race tomorrow for his loyal owners Tay Valley Chasers.
Cockle Bay is back on the track in the two mile novice hurdle; a trip that will ultimately be too short for him but for now it is far enough as he gets some racing experience.
Finally, the tall Le Frank is looking to make amends after a flying fall last time. He is still brave but has had plenty of schooling to get him to take a more sensible approach although from the above photo you can see that he is still enthusiastic. He is a course winner and should be fine on the ground.