Bright and fresh today, welcome after a damp and gloomy spell.  Our season is about to swing into action with two runners at Carlisle tomorrow, nine horses entered at Kelso on Saturday and about the same again at Ayr on Monday.  Really looking forward to getting going again and we start off with a lovely young horse in the 1.55 at Carlisle where the ground is good; Warriors Story showed plenty of promise in his first couple of starts at the track last season prior to losing his way a little but he is only 5 and bred to stay and improve with age so I am hoping he will prove a fortunate addition to the team, he starts off over 2m 4f and Sean Quinlan rides, 11 run.

Warriors Story (Kim)

Our other runner is Fernhill Lad in the 5.20, he’s been a bit disappointing so far but he is slipping down the weights and seems fit and well, still not sure we have his trip worked out, ground/track should be fine – Conor O’Farrell rides and 13 run.

Fernhill Lad (Jade)

Very pleased to be able to report that Lucy is back home having had an operation on Monday to remove six screws plus the rods and plates from her back, whilst she is bound to be sore she is in good spirits and was extremely fit going into the operation which should aid her recovery.

Trainers seem to be in a bit of trouble again having rejected the apparently generous offer of an extra £5m in prize money from ARC.  I share the view expressed in today’s Racing Post that this could be a pivotal moment in racing’s governance going forward, I won’t bore you with the details but it will be interesting to see what happens next, the present situation is untenable.  What this, and various other initiatives previously referenced here, does show is that the money is there and there is no excuse for the very poor levels of prize money that some racecourses seem to consider acceptable.  It isn’t.