A stormy morning with sixty five miles an hour winds and rain battering the yards. We had cunningly changed the work pattern so that today was like a work Saturday thus allowing the horses to have a day off tomorrow.. it was a good idea at the time but faced with five lots in atrocious conditions it took strong characters to keep cheerful. However, the lads and girls here were outstanding and all of the horses had an effective day with strong galloping and some progressive work from a couple.
Pictured is the fourth lot leaving the yard; of course, the wind is hard to photograph but trust me it was brutal! Thankfully the sun came out for the last lot.
With the prospect of a few race meetings this week we are hoping that the hard work will be worthwhile and our three runners tomorrow at Musselburgh should be in good shape.
We start with Tantamount, a decent staying hurdler, but one who is fragile. He ran possibly his best race last time when winning at the Scottish National meeting but was then off for a few months. He comes to Musselburgh fresh and just a few kilos heavy and I would expect this run to set him up for the rest of the spring.
Thorpe had a good summer and while he was not so good on the soft ground last time, he has run well around Musselburgh in the past. A return to his summer efforts would give him an each way chance.
Finally, Misfits is sporting a first-time hood to try to relax him in the early part of the race. He should be suited by the track and if he can run up to his best he would have a squeak.
Happy Hogmanay to everyone who reads this page, it has been an incredible 2017 with a personal lifetime achievement when winning the Grand National and I am indebted to the super team that we have gathered, both of staff and owners. Here is to an even better 2018.