Quiet weather, perfect really and off to Ayr tomorrow where we have four runners on ground that will be soft. An early start required to ensure Buffalo Ballet is there in plenty of time for his race at 12.30, he’s stepping up to 3m for the first time and I would hope he would improve for that, he wouldn’t want the ground to be tacky and it’s a competitive affair, 9 run and Grant rides.
Another Mattie drops down in grade to run in the 1.35 and hence has to carry top weight, I’m happy with that and he should be more competitive in this company, Kit rides and 9 run.
Presenting Rose runs in the Mares Handicap Hurdle at 2.10; she has been off for over a year and will strip fitter for the run but could still put up a bold show if she isn’t too free and fresh early on, she’s well handicapped but tomorrow is about getting her career back on track after her enforced lay-off.
Finally we run Gold Opera in the feature race of the day at 3.10 – he has won his last two starts and is being forced up in grade, we go up in trip as well in the hope of further improvement but I suspect the favourite will be very hard to beat, he will hopefully run well on what is his seasonal reappearance.
Things never really went right for Calivigny at Carlisle yesterday, forced wide for much of the trip he didn’t really get into much of a rhythm and then hit the 3rd last hard, it was a better run than the 7th of 10 suggests and all being well he will be back there on 3rd Dec.