With the cold snap having claimed nearly every National Hunt meeting this week, a couple of additional AW cards have been added to the fixture list, with the ‘jumpers bumpers’ giving jumps trainers the chance to get runs into horses at what is a key time for many, just 6 weeks away from the Cheltenham Festival.

As the weather looks likely to be milder next week I am sure it won’t be long before jumps racing is back, but point winner Captain Moonman and new recruits Hawkhill, Jaffonnien and Quadrato are all ready to run and have been entered at Southwell. Whether we run or not, it is an excellent initiative and both the BHA and the Levy Board (the prize money on offer is far better than for ‘normal’ bumpers) should be applauded for their efforts in arranging the fixtures at short notice.

Owner George Moore and his son James were in this morning to see Thelobstercatcher in work(pictured above, the grey nearside with Quadrato), and were treated to the rare sight of Assistant Trainer Rhys Hughes in the saddle! Thelobstercatcher is likely to have his first start for us in the Pertemps Qualifier at Haydock Park on Saturday week.

Finally, Rhys is having a busy time of it on the blog, as he is also pictured left observing Fennis Boy (Jason Kiely) and King’s Sunset (Rob Kirk) earlier in the week from the confines of the jeep because of the cold!