A drizzly sort of morning but a fine mild autumn afternoon and after a busy week working and schooling horses we hopefully have everything in place to go racing again. We have a busy day planned at Ayr tomorrow with 7 runners, the ground should be good to soft which will be perfect. We are disappointingly going to be without Lucy, as part of the tests they undertook following her fall at Carlisle last week they diagnosed a small fracture in her eye socket. Although the neurosurgeon she saw last week wasn’t overly concerned the BHA Medical Department would like her to see another specialist before they clear her to start riding again; very frustrating for all of us as she had very much hoped to be back for this weekend but at least she now has some appointments lined up for early next week.
Anyway she will be back soon and we have good substitutes meantime -it is nice to be able to give our old ally Andrew Thornton a ride in the first at 1.15; he partners Road to Gold on his seasonal/yard debut and is a smashing recruit from the Irish pointing field who should learn a lot tomorrow; we run Bertalus (Peter Buchanan) in the same race, another lovely horse making his stable debut with a similar profile, 15 run.
In the 1.50 we run Always Tipsy, Stephen rides and 10 run – he was progressive last season and should improve again but this is a stiff task first time out and he might lack a little match fitness relative to his rivals.
Stephen also rides Marlee Mourinho in the 2.20, his wind got to him last time at Sedgefield and we are hoping that a return to a flatter track combined with improved fitness enables him to regain his form, 9 run.
We then have two runners in the 2m 4f handicap chase at 2.55 – Isla Pearl Fisher (Peter Buchanan) and More Madness (Kit) – IPF is dropping back in trip as an experiment round a track he likes and More Madness is making his stable debut – we don’t know that much about him yet but looking at his form he appears to improve for his first start each season.
Last but not least we run Jet Master in the valuable Tennent’s Cup at 4.00pm, Peter Buchanan rides and 11 run, if he can reproduce his Perth form he should go well as I think he remains well treated over hurdles, he seems in grand form. Delighted that Kit also has a ride in this race on James Ewart’s smart and progressive horse Avidity.
Assuming we survive all of that we head down to Carlisle on Sunday where we run Celestino in the 2.05, Stephen rides and 10 run, another making his stable debut we will learn a lot tomorrow but I do note that his former trainer (PFN) said he was very hard to get fit… hadn’t really noticed actually but I suppose I can assume he will come on for the run!