A roller-coaster week ended on a high with Andhaar appreciating the drop in grade and running out a convincing winner in the last at Kelso, delighted for his patient owners the Bissetts and for Blair who gave him a perfect ride.
Earlier in the afternoon Landecker jumped well on his chasing debut until being unsettled by a bad mistake 3 out after which he faded tamely, he will find easier opportunities, and Another Mattie found everything happening a bit quickly for him but he ran a game race and stayed on to finish 7th – all three runners ate up and are bright and well this morning. So we head to Ayr tomorrow where we have nine (shurely shome mishtake?) declared runners, yes there may well turn out to be some mistakes but hopefully we will get them all there to race on what should be perfect good to soft ground.
We start with two runners in the 1.10, Calivigny (Stephen) and Road to Gold (Kit)10 10 run. Calivigny was second twice last season and I would hope has progressed over the summer, he should have a good chance on these terms, Road to Gold is an exciting recruit from the Irish pointing field – this is his stable debut and whilst he will come on for the experience he is a nice horse that works well.
Benny’s Secret has his first run over hurdles in the 1.40, Richard Johnson rides and 8 run, there are a couple of smart types in here but so is Benny who is a good sharp jumper and should step up on his bumper form. We have two declared runners in the 2.15, Andhaar (Blair) who would be well in without a penalty from yesterday’s win if he runs but we will have to assess him in the morning to see that he isn’t a bit stiff after yesterday and the eternal “non-runner” Afterclass (Kit) who as ever will need a drop of overnight rain, 9 run.
Then in the 2.45 we run Bracing (Kit) and Marlee Massie (Blair), 9 run – Bracing won nicely at Musselburgh in February and I think remains well treated if fit enough for this seasonal debut, the form of Marlee Massie’s second at Cartmel has worked out nicely and he will have the help of Blair’s 10lb claim. In the 3.55 The Bishop (Stephen) makes his chasing debut – he is slightly wrong at the weights and is likely to find this trip on the sharp side, 8 run. Finally we run McGinty’s Dream (Kit) in the closing bumper at 4.25, 8 run, there are at least two very decent types in this race but I think the world of our fellow – tomorrow is his racecourse debut though and it will be about teching him to settle as much as anything. It is a big day for the yard with many of our nice young horses making their seasonal debuts, I have every confidence in the jockeys lined up but cannot deny that it is very tough going into battle without my number one ally.