Pretty routine February weather for us with snow, sleet and ice, but some lovely sun in between to promise that spring is ahead. Monday was particularly dire, but the atmosphere here is fabulous and there was a great buzz about the yard as we worked the horses, including schooling fifteen on the carpet circle. We are well used to bad weather up here, and have plenty of systems in place to keep the horses safe and warm.
Unfortunately the ice seemed to be a surprise to those who built the Forth Crossing bridge as falling ice caused its closure on Monday until Wednesday. Scu and I left early for the Aintree weights lunch in Liverpool but three hours later drew stumps after stationary traffic jams caused by diverted traffic, topped by a motorway closure near Lesmahagow.
We were very pleased with One For Arthur's weight allocated in the National though; 10st2lb means he will be racing off a six pound lower mark than last year, and if the top weights run, we will be happy off such a featherweight.
One For Arthur will now run at Haydock, storms permitting before being prepared for the Grand National; he is as well as we could have him at this time of year, and Haydock should act as a final sharpen up before April.
Roll on the spring and some mild weather.