Watching the racing on Saturday it was quite remarkable to see the stands at Cheltenham almost completely empty, even the betting ring was a ghost town, so foul was the weather. The freezing rain sweeping the country seemed to have past by Sunday, but we were in store for more of the wet stuff yesterday which resulted in our local track Catterick changing their official going to 'Soft'. Going change won't be a concern of 'Cuppacoco' who heads to Newcastle this evening, hoping the last will be lucky for her and owner Mrs Gledhill.
George is still enjoying riding the yearlings and has now sat on each of them, getting a feel for them up the gallops and providing Ann with invaulable intel. Dale is counting down the days until his return to warmer climates and James is remarkably upbeat during the dreary winter months for someone who also hails from the Carribean. Allen has been working on the last of his breakers, Mr Ingham's 3-y-o gelding by Yeats. He has recently been named 'Anticipate' - a cracking name for a lovely sort - and with a couple of days ridden under his belt, is due to start cantering any day now. Two of the yearlings have also been named, DGA's filly will be raced as 'Warne's Army' and the grey colt is now known as 'Gainsboro Grey', as chosen by owners Ian and Nancy Farrington.
A special mention to AJ, who celebrates his birthday today, the last of his 20's. A fizz-fueled evening of celebration awaits I'm sure but no doubt about it, he will be back in his offices first thing in the morning building his empire!