Fair this morning but a change in the air, rain tonight I expect.
A better day at Perth yesterday with four of our six runners in the frame and Dutch Canyon putting up a career best to finish a close 6th, the only disappointment being the heavily backed (20’s into 17-2 but not by me!) Clan Chief who finished a lacklustre 10th of 15. Of the placed horses Northern Acres proved himself a model of consistency having now finished in the first four on his last 10 starts, a nice long summer for him now, he was on a new diet this season – perhaps they should all be on it? Landecker coped well with the step up in grade and at last put two good runs together, we will see what remains for him but he may well go to grass now.
The two hunter chasers ran to their mark finishing 3rd and 4th, it was an especially pleasing debut over fences for Master Butcher who looked perfectly at home against some seasoned handicappers, Royal Chatelier is much better on softer ground but still ran with credit. Most importantly they are all home safe and sound, it is always tough going back to the track so quickly after losing a horse, I was a bag of nerves and no doubt will be again today.
Ground will have dried up a bit but hopefully still on the soft side of good and we have four declared runners starting with Clan Legend in the 3.10, Lucy rides and a maximum field of 18, his handicap debut, would have preferred a smaller less competitive field but he seems well. We have two runners in the Highland National at 4.20, last year’s winner Bertie Milan (Lucy) and Wicklow Lad (Stephen), 12 run; after a disappointing autumn Bertie has shown signs of a return since the turn of the year and we have tried to have him fresh in the hope of a big run today. Wicklow ran a good race to be 8th in the Eider in late Feb and then followed that up with a good 3rd at Ayr, he is fresh and well and should appreciate today’s trip and drop in class but all his best form is on much softer ground.
Finally we run Presenting Rose in the bumper at 5.20, her debut at Newcastle was full of promise and the form has worked out well so am hopeful of a good run if she handles the track and better ground. Then tomorrow it is off to our traditional end of season get together for the local point-to-point at Balcormo, we hope to run Back on the Road, Rossini’s Dancer and Afterclass, it’s always a fun day out and don’t be put off if it is raining in the morning, the met office tells me the sun is due out at 2pm, don’t believe me? look here. Just as well I will be distracted as I don’t think I would be able to cope with watching the farewell to AP at Sandown, will be some day down there. Some great pics from yesterday courtesy of Frank and Dennis.