Constant rain today but lots of effective work including some work on the grass with Blaydon and A Ladies Milan and a bunch of horses from Kilduff working on the woodchip at Arlary.
It is desperate to think of a second lockdown for our friends in the hospitality trade, and those who are restricted in their day to day living, and we feel privileged to be able to continue our work preparing the horses for races. Tomorrow we run five at Hexham.
Otello Moor was a little keen early on in his hurdles debut at Kelso, but once he settles he showed a good hurdling technique. If he can improve from that run he should show up well tomorrow at a staying track which should suit him.
In the four mile chase we run two stamina horses; the six year old Buddha Scheme who ran a solid race on his seasonal comeback to be second to McGinty's Dream who he meets again tomorrow. Shanroe Street has been crying out for this trip on his starts this season, staying on each time and he should love the track.
The novice chase has two lovely horses in it. Mighty Thunder won here over two and a half miles on his chase debut and will be fine stepping up in trip. He carries a penalty for that win though. Grand Morning was sticky over the fences last time that he tried them, but should prefer the inviting obstacles at Hexham.
Last Sunday Big River, pictured, ran a super race to be third at Cheltenham; he often takes a race to warm up and I thought that his jumping was assured this time. He was very settled beforehand without any crowds and this may have helped him.. although we would prefer crowds to be able to come racing again. One day soon I hope.