Today's inaugural all weather meeting at Newcastle marked the start of a new era for racing in the North of England when finally, we got our own all weather track. The gallop morning in early May was a big success so it was no surprise to see today's first race meeting so well received by jockeys, trainers and racegoers alike. Sadly we didn't have anything to run there but I am sure we will have plenty to run on their smart Tapeta surface in the future.
Belles Angel made her racecourse debut today at Wetherby, drawn badly in stall ten she jumped smartly but was soon shuffled back by green horses carrying her backwards. PJ kept her well balanced and encouraged her to stay involved so she could learn from the experience. The impressive winner had been beaten by four lengths by our filly Twizzell at Beverly so I was delighted to see the son of Sir Prancelot win so well. Belles Angel showed a good attitude and will improve for each run, she is not a sharp, precocious type but more of a steady improver.
Heaven Scent showed a good attitude too and travelled well under Rowan, better than she had in her two year old days but she didn't quite see the mile six trip out and is also a little high in the handicap.
All in all a good day at the office in which we learnt a bit more about what these two particular horses need.