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Finally, the rain has arrived and I can run some of the horses that have been getting cabin-fever waiting for it. On Saturday we head to Bangor, Doncaster and Newcastle. On Sunday, it is off to Carlisle with seven runners.

Saturday

Mr McGo
Track: Bangor – 12:20
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He's been off for a long time and it's a very strong looking race. It's his first run over fences so we will be hoping he jumps round safe and he's a horse to look forward to. This race looks hotter than usual and on ratings, he wouldn't be good enough but we have to start somewhere.

Mr Monochrome
Track: Bangor – 12:55
Jockey: Brian Hughes

It was his first run for me the last day and his jumping hadn't been the best, so we went to Carlisle over two and a half mile and he just didn't get home. We have dropped him back in trip and he's better going this way, so we are hoping for the best.

Shantaluze
Track: Bangor – 2:00
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He won well the last day but perhaps this ground is just soft enough for him. That being said the race is coming at the right time for him and hopefully the ground can be loose enough for him to add to his previous course and distance victory.

Pogue
Track: Bangor – 2:35
Jockey: Brian Hughes

I'm looking forward to running him, as he's a nice big horse. It's a competitive race but he was an impressive point-to-point winner that needs to get started and this looks like a good opportunity. I will know more after the race and we can make a plan from there.

Golden Investment
Track: Doncaster – 2:50
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

The conditions should suit this fella, he wants three miles two furlongs on some nice ground, which he will get here. This is the lowest grade he has run in for a while which should also help and he should run a nice race.

Chicago Lady
Track: Bangor – 3:10
Jockey: Jack Dinnenn

This is Jack's first ride and he came to me from Gordon Elliott's. I own the mare and she probably doesn't want the best part of three miles, but the ground is soft and she'll hopefully give Jack a good ride.

Gaelik Coast
Track: Bangor – 3:45
Jockey: Brian Hughes

It looks a warm enough bumper on paper, he has done all his work well and we like him but similar to Pogue this is just a stepping stone and will be an informative run.

Testify
Track: Newcastle – 3:20
Jockey: Will Kennedy

We would have liked to have started over a slightly shorter trip but he does get three miles and it's hard to find races for these horses. He has a decent strike-rate when fresh and has had his wind done since last season. He started off last season quite well but it fell apart slightly, so we are just looking to get back on track with as he is a very nice horse.

Sunday

The Con Man
Track: Carlisle – 12:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

I have been told that he wants soft ground and a trip but I'm not sure, we will go and see as it's the right type of race. His work has been good and he is a nice straightforward horse.

Secret Escape
Track: Carlisle – 12:55
Jockey: Brian Hughes

I run three in here, the ground could be slow enough for her. She has got some decent form on soft but when she was running well on it we didn't really think she wanted it. She is the most useful of the three but the ground is a concern.

Princess Mononoke
Track: Carlisle – 12:55
Jockey: Abbie McCain

She will love the ground but might not get the trip, Abbie claims a valuable seven pounds off her back and she should run a nice race.

Dark Sunset
Track: Carlisle – 12:55
Jockey: Harrison Beswick

The trip and ground should be fine for her and the opportunity to run in races this valuable doesn't occur that often, so she takes her chance.

Wazowski
Track: Carlisle – 2:00
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He is as honest a horse that you will find, which you can see by his consistent form. We have given him a small break to freshen him up and a stiff two miles on heavy ground is his bag. We don't have much up our sleeve but the trip, track and ground should all be fine.

Mahler Lad
Track: Carlisle – 2:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He ran well the last day but I wouldn't be convinced he wants the ground as soft as it's going to be, but he has run well at the track before and it's a valuable contest. We gave him a small break since his last run and we'd be hoping he runs well.

Whitsundays
Track: Carlisle – 3:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He is a bit of tricky character that can tail himself off and he has surprised me on occasion. It looked like he was going to pull up at Kelso in January and he ended up winning on the bridle. He has been to Carlisle before and not run great but again he has to start somewhere

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