A splendid and memorable day for the yard and most especially Kit at the Lanark point-to-point on Saturday where he rode a treble in the Alexander colours. Good ground and a track well prepared by Willie Young and his team produced exciting racing with no less than 70 runners turning out; although I say it myself Kit has matured into one of the North’s most proficient amateur’s, he could easily be riding as a professional but should continue to get plenty of good opportunities as an amateur both on the racecourse and between the flags.
Two of Kit’s winners – Master Butcher and Afterclass – were sourced by him last summer and have been largely trained by him as well; they haven’t been entirely straight forward and it was particularly satisfying to see the work put in by him, Catch and the rest of the team here bear fruit and to top it all the enigmatic and occasionally reluctant Rossini’s Dancer demonstrated the confidence boosting benefits of point-to-pointing with a convincing win in the competitive 10 runner Men’s Open. The evergreen Jamie finished 3rd in the same race on the evergreen Back on the Road and this morning I think I heard him trying to persuade HWT to rescind our lease on Rossini’s Dancer as soon as possible! I, of course, was at Kelso where we didn’t have quite such a fun time although I was delighted with Heilan Rebel’s encouraging debut in the bumper and Isla Pearl Fisher ran his race in the feature handicap chase, both finished 6th but Landecker and Another Mattie both ran below form and have occupied a lot of my thoughts since, will hopefully pinpoint the issues.
A fine day here today working with the horses, cold though and very dry now; the “f” word has appeared in the Newcastle going description for Friday which I never like to see. Should be nice enough ground at Hexham tomorrow where we are headed with 3 declared runners; good to soft with soft places, drying all the while with an outside chance of shower.
Frankie’s Promise runs in the 4.10, 12 run and Lucy rides, we haven’t found the key to him yet this season but he has come down in the weights, seems to save his best for the spring and won well over 2 miles at this track a year ago so I hope he can bounce back to form. Then in the 4.45 we run Marlee Mourinho, 8 run and Lucy rides, I would prefer a flatter track and would have waited for Newcastle on Friday but if they miss the rain I can’t find a race for him until mid May so hence he will (probably) take his chance tomorrow. Finally in the 5.45 Massini’s Lady makes her debut in the bumper, she is likely to be green but is a hardy filly with a good way of going so I hope she will have a nice introduction, 9 run and Lucy rides. Lucy also rides Ca le Ferra in the 5.15 and Kit rides Senor Alco in the 3.35.