Milder today and the early morning birdsong has a renewed intensity, spring is coming. And an intense sort of day at Ayr yesterday rewarded with an exhilarating double, Gold Opera winning for the second time this season and Clan Legend for the fourth, both ran out convincing winners and can hopefully continue to progress. Benny’s Secret was extremely unlucky to be tripped up by a horse blundering in front of him, the last thing the horse needed or indeed Lucy who was badly winded and then stood down by the Doctor for the whole weekend – she works so intensely on her fitness and being the competitive professional sportsperson that she is that I share her frustration when relatively minor bumps intervene to prevent her competing, I am sure plenty of professional rugby payers and footballers would empathise with the situation, makes it no easier though.
Brian Harding proved an able deputy on Gold Opera as did Kit on Clan Legend, deservedly so as he should have ridden him when he first won at Kelso but was taken ill. As he hadn’t been expecting to ride at Ayr yesterday he managed a fairly unique double in taking full advantage of the famous Ayr lunch prior to riding a winner! Later in the afternoon Little Glenshee jumped well and travelled nicely prior to tiring in the closing stages to finish 3rd, I suspect this came a bit soon after winning there last week.
Back to Ayr today where we will end up with three runners on testing ground starting with Bertalus in the 2.55, 6 run, he is up 13lb for winning here 3 weeks ago over 3m but should give a good account again slightly back in trip.
Presenting Rose on the other hand takes a big step up in trip in the 3.30, she will need to settle better but is bred to stay and should run well if it does’t come too soon, 7 run and finally Just Brooke makes her racecourse debut in the bumper at 5.15 – she will benefit from the experience in lots of ways and should make a nice staying hurdler in time. A double header of course today and Mrs A will be in charge at the Buccleuch point-to-point where Jamie makes his comeback after breaking his hand on Royal Chatelier and Kit rides Rossini’s Dancer. Delighted Kelso has been rewarded for rescheduling their cancelled fixture with an excellent card tomorrow, we’ll be heading there with 2 or 3 runners including Lake View Lad in the premier hurdle, Marlee Massie in the last and who knows, perhaps even Gold Opera in the “Cyril Alexander”….. more later I hope as must dash – horses to be watched!