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There are no runners for the stable today but there is jumps action at both Market Rasen and Newcastle.  In Ireland they race on the flat on the turf at Navan and over here we have all-weather action at Lingfield and Kempton.  There are not big field sizes at either jumps meeting today but they both are in the North!  I heard Mick Fitzgerald talking on the TV yesterday about the number of runners up at Hexham, he was explaining that they put on a big showcase three days of jumping in the North just last weekend with racing at Musselburgh on Friday, Kelso on Saturday and Carlisle on Sunday and now simply there are just not enough horses to go around!  While the three days were good and aimed at promoting racing in the North just a few days later we are seeing the adverse effects of these few days with poor racing up country.  It does all come back to race planning again, I know there are many more factors that play a part to making the fixture list than meets the eye but we are all trying to do our best for the sport and the small field sizes at this time of year when we can’t blame the going, don’t look great.

We had already scratched Remastered from this year’s Grand National but there was another official stage yesterday and 16 horses were taken out, leaving 57 still in the running to take part in this year’s race.  Becher Chase winner Ashtown Lad and the 2022 Irish Grand National winner Lord Lariat were amongst those taken out.  Ashtown Lad will go for the Topham chase over the fences on the Friday.  The Tim Vaughn trained Eva’s Oskar now sneaks into the top 40.  Of the 57 horses left in the National 39 are trained in Ireland and they are highly to dominate the final field with 29 already guaranteed in the top 40.  The Lucinda Russell trained Corach Rambler heads the betting at 7/1 with last year’s winner Noble Yeats being next best at 8/1.   The last confirmation stage now comes on Monday 10th April when we will get an even clearer idea of the final runners for the big race.

Abaya Du Mathan ran well at Huntington yesterday to be third. Picking up more prize money for owners Mr and Mrs Wilson. 

It is great to read that Hollie Doyle is set to return to action in the saddle at Doncaster on Saturday.  Hollie has not ridden since fracturing and dislocating her elbow in a fall on the all-weather back in January and she also ruptured ligaments which required surgery.  She is booked for four rides at the weekend and it will be great to have her back in action.

Finally my winter fat has gone…Now I have spring rolls!  Have a good day!