It was oh so close to another win from Elmono at Cartmel as he shot off for home after the last fence, only to be caught in the shadow of the post, pictured. However, our disappointment was tempered by seeing this enthusiastic chaser return to form and jump as neatly as ever. His turn will come again.
Normal Norman made his yard debut at Market Rasen this afternoon and ran a solid race to be sixth; having a few bumps on the home turn and galloping on at the end. He will be schooled over fences this week.
It was a wet but constructive day on the yard, as the stables have filled and there is plenty of cantering and schooling going on. The team is working as hard as ever, and with a fresh morning routine, and more fulfilling roles for everyone there is a good buzz on the yard.
El and Derek have covered the miles to Cartmel and Rasen and we have a quiet day tomorrow before a drive to Bangor with the consistent but still maiden chaser Ain't My Fault who runs in the two mile novice handicap chase, and game three mile hurdler Order Of Thistle. Both horses seem in top form and we are looking forward to their runs on Wednesday.