Happy New Year from everyone at Lucinda Russell Racing, and let us hope that 2021 does not have the surprises of 2020.
The national lockdown has been applied again but we are so fortunate to be able to continue racing, adhering to the strict guidelines set up by the BHA. Sadly owners will not be able to attend, but at least the horses can continue to compete and the industry can continue, albeit with more stringent hygiene and movement rules.
We had a couple of good runs at Musselburgh on New Year's day, including A Ladies Milan who returned to form with a third in the three mile hurdle, Shanroe Street who was fourth over fences, staying on having been outpaced, and Red Missile who hurdled efficiently and stayed on looking as if a longer trip will suit him in time.
Ice is always a problem for the yard and Bradley and Davy have worked hard to keep the gallops open, with plenty of salt being used to defrost the road. The horses have been working away and the change to more routine work has been good for many of them,
We have a runner at Wolverhampton this afternoon as Ballyare teams up with Paul Mulrennan again in the sprint. If things go his way and the gaps open he copuld follow up his win there before Christmas.
Our next runners after today will be at Musselburgh, frost permitting, and then Big River will be on his way to Wales again to run in the rescheduled Welsh National.