Back down to earth at Carlisle yesterday after the excitement at Kelso; I was delighted with  Little Glenshee, she jumped with much more confidence and confirmed that chasing is her game, outpaced after the second last she stayed on strongly to finish a good 3rd and she should progress from here when stepped back up in trip.  Caught in the Act resented his first time tongue tie and whilst he jumped well was never competitive, he will hopefully reappear shortly, then in the bumper Dutch Canyon ran better than the bare result indicates, travelling well for a long way before tiring in what will prove to be a decent bumper.  So, 11 runners over the three days, 2 winners, 3 seconds (including Noir et Vert just headed at the p2p on Sunday under a welter weight), 2 thirds and four “no shows” – good enough stats but whilst its good to focus and enjoy the successes I am left wondering a bit regarding a few of them, not really running as consistently as I would like, could be the time of year as some  some have had a long old season training hard since last July, luckily the grass is coming through.  I had my “Mr Bean moment” en route to Carlisle as juggling my phone, iPad and bottle of water the latter tipped onto my lap causing a predicament (Mrs A driving by the way), despite Lucy’s suggestion that I could buy some souvenir tracksuit bottoms in Gretna Services I decided the Dyson Airblade was the better solution, I just about rescued the situation.  Some great pictures from Kelso…

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue

Landecker

Landecker

Makhzoon (left)

Makhzoon (left)

Present Potential

Present Potential

Kit

Kit

Another Mattie

Another Mattie

Trainer?

Trainer ??