Cold and wet again this morning. An odd sort of day yesterday at Kelso in that what looked like a serious injury to Gold Opera turns out to appear to be no injury at all, fingers crossed still but it did put through a bit of an emotional roller coaster and his well being overshadows two beaten favourites. Walking down the course to see him after he was pulled up and dismounted on the run in did wake me up to the time of year, April, that one run too many on better ground that causes the injury that then has them out for 18 months, when will I learn, so relieved therefore that it was a false alarm on this occasion but warning noted!
He hadn’t jumped as well on the quicker ground but the rain then came and it softened up for the others which wasn’t ideal – Clan Chief did run well enough to finish 3rd, a definite step in the right direction for him and he can build on this, Dutch Canyon finished a tired 6th failing to see the race out on the softer surface whilst Marlee Massie ran a grand race to finish 3rd in his attempt to complete a rare five timer. In the last race I was delighted with the way Isla Pearl Fisher jumped and travelled until the ground got to him two out.
A much less odd day today with both our runners at the Berwickshire point-to-point winning, Rossini’s Dancer by the narrowest of margins in the Men’s Open and a surprisingly easy debut win for Allthekingshorses – I assured Jamie he wasn’t fit enough to win and we left the exceptionally generous 6-1 well alone, doubt we will see that again but there we go, what do I know, but delighted that he won and he is a lovely replacement for Jamie’s ill-fated Backontheroad. A quieter time ahead this week, maybe some runners at Newcastle on Friday and at the weekend but very much starting to focus on the two Scottish April Festivals, a small team for Ayr no doubt but hopefully a big team for Perth the following week.