Damp, misty and cool this morning but a glorious warm late summer’s day at Perth yesterday where the baking sun unfortunately led to the withdrawal of Marlee Massie.

It's thirsty work being a trainer in the heat but someone has to do it!

It’s thirsty work being a trainer in the heat but someone has to do it!

We have two declared runners back up there for this evening’s twilight meeting but it is most likely that Andhaar in the 7.40 will be staying at home.

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Is this Scotland?

That leaves us with stable debutant Gotcha in the 5.40, 10 run and Stephen rides on good to firm ground.  This mare has ability and has schooled well but she blotted her copybook last time on the flat when misbehaving in the stalls and she can be very impatient, we have a little plan as to how we will manage her today, time will tell whether it works.

Hatching a plan - trainer, Stephen and Gotcha

Hatching a plan – trainer, Stephen and Gotcha