Fierce weather at Musselburgh yesterday but another day to remember with Isla Pearl Fisher posting a career best effort to win the Kilmany Cup for the 2nd time, he has overcome a long list of problems and to see him back at his very best at the age of 11 was a huge credit to Amy who looks after him, his patient and dedicated owner Philippa Gammell, and the vets at both Loch Leven Equine and The Weipers Centre in Glasgow, if ever you could write a book about a horse…. Rossini’s Dancer put in a much more spirited effort to finish 3rd in the same race, beaten 6 lengths, running off a career high mark of 133 I think he will need to come back down in the weights a little to win again though he remains a novice over hurdles? Jet Master was 2nd of 3 and whilst at least this was another completion he isn’t running as well as he was in the autumn and I feel some investigation is required, Landecker found the trip and track on the sharp side but ran well enough for long enough, Blackmore didn’t seem to appreciate the soft ground and then in the last Always Tipsy made a most encouraging debut to stay on strongly to finish 3rd.
Early start today with a runner in the first at Newcastle where the ground is heavy with soft places, The Flaming Matron runs at noon with D O’Regan on board, 5 run and she should appreciate the step back up in trip, then we run Northern Acres in the 1.05, 13 run, same jockey, he will appreciate having a lot less weight in his back than recently but will he stay 2m 6f in testing conditions? Not sure! Finally we run Bertie Milan in the 1.40, 7 run, Brian Harding on board, he should go well so long as the ground isn’t too testing, fine on wet heavy perhaps not so fine on drying heavy if we’re getting technical.