We were delighted to welcome Henrietta Knight to the yard today as she continues on her tour round Irish and British trainers' yards to include them in her book, 'What Makes Them Tick' due out this Christmas. Having been a heroine of mine it was marvellous to show her our facilities and way of training, and for her to meet One For Arthur, pictured.
We will be heading to Kelso tomorrow where showers are forecasted and we are hoping that they arrive so that we can run all of our declarations.
Celtic Flame is a horse with plenty of ability but who has been off the track for two years with various issues. His owner, Willie Scott has been most loyal and we will be very careful that the going is safe for Celtic, having waited this long for him.
Voyage A New York often takes a few runs to get going and is a lover of the soft ground; he is as effective over two and a half miles and three and we are looking forward to a good season with him.
We have two in the handicap hurdle; Make It Happen has had issues but he has been in good form at home and it will be great to have him back on the track for his patient owners. Topham Bay improved gradually last season, but she looks harshly treated by the handicapper and she will need to have improved for her summer break to be very competitive.
Finally, we run the game Vengeur De Guye who loves the track and is another who really prefers soft going. However, he has been in enthusiastic form at home and if the rain comes he could take his chance.