It is going to be great to be back at Hexham with eight horses who should all appreciate the staying track.
We start with Flutter Down a classy youngster who will be a stayer in time. However, at this stage the minimum trip on a stiff track should suit him and I expect him to run better than he did towards the end of last season.
Slainte Mhor is my father's young horse and we are heading over fences with him fairly early in his career. However, he schools very well and has been a super jumper since he was a three year old so we think that he will be more at home over fences than hurdles.
Aurora Thunder progressed nicely last season and she returns on a high mark but having had a good holiday she seems stronger and more professional about everything.
We run two in the three mile handicap chase; A Ladies Milan will have benefitted from his first chase start last month, and Rising Marienbard who will be better suited by Hexham than he was by Cartmel last time.
Methodtothemadness is back to two miles after a good run over two and a half miles at Musselburgh last spring; she is a strong mare and if she takes to the track she should be very competitive.
The Road Home looked unsure about chasing last time, but he has had plenty of schooling since then and we are trying a drop back in trip with him, and the cheekpieces off.
Finally, we run Emirat De Catana in the three mile hurdle; a slithering last fence fall at Perth was not ideal for this six year old, but the team have worked hard on him and he looks great physically again. A spin over hurdles should help him regain racing confidence and we are hoping that he enjoys his day.
Pictured is Lucky Flight the morning after Perth remembering his triumph the day before.