This is the time of year when the Tom Jones and Cery's Matthews record "Baby It's Cold Outside" is regularly heard on the radio and whilst it definitely is cold outside in December, it is also very wet and we are starting to see a lot of "soft" and "heavy" featuring in the going descriptions issued by our racecourses.
Very soft ground is inevitable at times in the national hunt season, but it is probably fair to say that the yard does not have that many horses that really relish bottomless ground, which may make the winners a little less frequent than they were in the autumn.
We did, however, see a nice performance at Cheltenham on Friday from Any News who ran really well and was only narrowly beaten into 2nd. The winner seems very well regarded by connections and the two horses finished well clear of the other runners, so let's hope that we saw two really smart young hurdlers who have big futures ahead of them.
The yard did record a winner last Friday as Ragamuffin was victorious at Bangor. It was close as he only prevailed by a nose in a photo but that was enough to notch up a second consecutive win after two placed efforts earlier in the autumn. Young Liam Harrison was on board for the Bangor win.
Hopefully, a few more of the runners will cope well with the underfoot conditions and we will see some more good results as we head into Christmas. We still have plenty of entries, so fingers-crossed that there are some more good runs to report next week.