Some rain over the weekend allowed us to use the grass gallops today and we took advantage of the soft ground to work a batch of four year olds for the first time. It's A Midnight (Midnight Legend), DomandLouis (Getaway), and Yessiricanboogie (Milan) worked alongside some older horses, Celtic Flames, A Ladies Milan, Mint Gold, Effet Special, West End Lady, Southern Girl, Cockle Bay, Hector Master, and Petite Rhapsody.
We have seven runners at Hexham tomorrow a mixture of older handicappers and some lovely young horses.
OrionInverness faces a quick return to the track and a welterweight in the two and a half mile chase. He loves this track and the ground and distance are correct for him if he can cope with the heavy saddle.
Ahoy Senor steps up in trip in the three mile novice hurdle; a winner last time out, he is a point to point winner who impresses us at home and he should stay the trip.
We run two in the two and a half mile hurdle; Rivabodiva will need every inch of the trip and could do with the ground being testing, while Otello Moor is more of a good ground horse. He has not yet shown on the track what he shows at home, but he ran with promise here at the start of the season.
Prince Dundee is another with top weight, he returns to the track after an injury followed by a break to avoid the soft ground. He will be sharper for the run but likes this track and feels well at home.
Our two bumper horses have shown ability in previous runs and need more experience before going hurdling. Readysteadyfont is a french bred who will be fine on good to soft, while Thunder In Milan is a heavy topped chasing type who in time should find four miles more suitable than two, and we will be sure that the ground is safe before we run him.
Meanwhile, Lucinda will be at Newmarket with Paul McIvor and Steven looking to buy a horse for the flat and also checking out the Irish point and bumper winners. While you can bid online at this sale we find that there is nothing to replace actually seeing the horses on the day and taking time to re-vet them if necessary. If you have an interest please contact Lucinda. See the catalogue for the FLAT HERE and for the Irish Bumper/point horses HERE