The Welsh National at Chepstow was on having had no snow and the frost sheets had kept the ground frost free, but had dried it so that it rode more like good to soft. Big River ran an honourable race in the conditions, outpaced but staying on to be eighth. He has a few more long distance targets this season and has returned home sound and in good spirits.
The snow and ice are thankfully disappearing and it looks like we can return to a more normal week of gallops and racing. Jaimie and Gemma left this afternoon for Doncaster where we have two runners.
Speak Of The Devil has run very consistently over fences and if, as we expect, he is suited to the galloping track and better ground at Doncaster he should be a very solid each way proposition.
Aurora Thunder won cosily at Ayr but then looked to not stay at Carlisle and the drop back in trip should play to her strengths. This race qualifies her for the Northern Lights Final which looks a good target for her.
We then have a runner at Wetherby on Tuesday; Haul Us In takes on a competitive field in the three mile chase; she is a mare with bundles of stamina who loves heavy ground and has come on for her first run of the season at Bangor last month.
This second week in January always heralds the return of the young horses, flat horses and summer horses and tomorrow will see extra fresh action on the yards. Roll on a bit of warmth; pictured is Petite Rhapsoy surveying the frozen field when turned out last week.