Stormy tonight, extremely squally and not quite sure what is coming.
A fine day for the yard at Ayr yesterday with Another Mattie and Calivigny both winning in fine style, and it was so nearly a treble with Frankie’s Promise unshipping Brian Harding when looking in command at the last.
Great to see Frankie show his old form again though and delighted with Another Mattie and Calivigny who can both hopefully go on from here.
The Bishop once again found 2m 4f on the sharp side but stayed on to be 4th and Titian Boy still appeared weak though still managed to finish a remote 5th of 12, a small step forward nevertheless. It is pleasing to have the horses running well and it is a deserved reward for the team here who are working so hard, these results are no fluke. Weather permitting we move on to Hexham tomorrow where we have five declared runners on heavy ground, Benny’s Secret would have a good chance in the first but is a doubtful runner then Gold Opera makes his chasing debut in the second at 1.15, Stephen rides and 8 run.
This trip is on the sharp side but I am keen to get some chasing experience under his belt and am wary of bottoming him out on his first run after a lay-off. Then in the 1.50 Presenting Rose makes her hurdling debut, 6 run and Stephen rides, she is a lovely big long striding mare who should improve for the step up in trip and switch to hurdles but this ground is definitely an unknown.
In the 2.25 we run More Madness, Kit rides and 8 run, I think he will handle the ground OK but ideally wants further, this run should continue to bring him on.
Finally in the concluding bumper at 3.35 our exciting recruit Lake View Lad makes his stable debut, only 5 run and he is a lovely prospect and likely to start at short odds on the back of his good form at the Punchestown Festival in April; he should handle this ground but he has only been here a month so I don’t really know him that well as yet – fingers crossed.
One of the better sales is taking place at Cheltenham tomorrow and whilst lots of horses will be fetching high prices we have had plenty of success buying sensibly at this sale in the past, I won’t be there but we will have men on the ground who know these horses’ form very well so don’t hesitate to get in touch if anything is of interest.