This morning was the coldest it has been in a long time, both Ann and Anna were sporting woolly hats and thick winter coats - two poor excuses for Northern women! By mid-morning the sun was high in the sky and things had warmed up considerably to make way for an absolutely beautiful morning. With very few turf meetings left on the calendar, we look to the all-weather for the horses remaining in training over the winter. This evening at Newcastle, Ninepin Bowler has his first run after a wind-operation which could be the ticket to success with him (though we will know better later on) and Cotton Socks makes his handicap debut. Night meetings are great for those who work 9-5, but you have to feel for the lads accompanying the horses - it's a seriously long day for them and it must be said that our team do an excellent job and the place couldn't run without them. George and Carl set about moving the hurdles to make a schooling lane up the side of the grass gallop and Allen was kept busy with the yearling fillies, leading them in hand around the parade ring.
The two new boys on the block arrived later in the afternoon, fresh from Tattersalls October Yearling sale, one already owned and one bought on spec by Ann and George, who couldn't resist the striking grey colt by Archipenko. More details and photos to follow.