Fair this morning and not too cold but definitely feels like winter, the quiet day exercise wise for the horses and some useful schooling done. A very mixed day at Ayr yesterday with Lucy taking a heavy fall on Craiganboy in the first race and having to be immobilised prior to transfer to hospital. Fortunately scans revealed no damage to head or neck but she is sore and bruised with a broken collar bone. It is a big blow for the stable to have our stable jockey out of action just as the season is warming up and it is incredibly frustrating for Lucy herself who works so hard on her fitness yet fate seems to continually intervene to prevent her fulfilling her talent, however it could have been much worse and she certainly hopes to be back before too long.
In the meantime we will either use the top jockey available or reward the conditional jockeys who come in here to ride out each week, Kit will also be in demand but he is an amateur with his own business to run so will only have so much time available. The day improved considerably an hour later when Titian Boy did what I hoped he would do by romping away for a facile win in his first chase, these big horses need plenty of time and it was tremendous to see his owners’ patience rewarded in such spectacular style, he’s still a work in progress and should build on this though we will continue to give him time.
In the next race Kit was seen at his best when getting Marlee Massie back up to be 2nd under a strong drive after the last, he should come on for the run and with hopefully give his new owner plenty of fun this winter, Bertalus didn’t really want to know about the job in the same race – this probably came too soon after his abortive chasing mission to Wetherby and it’s back to the drawing board with him. Hugely encouraging run then from Buffalo Ballet to be 4th on his comeback run after such a long layoff, he seems to retain all his ability and class so plenty of prayers to the God of Horses Legs over the next 48 hours. Finally plenty to take from Queen of Avalon’s debut in the bumper, tactics were wrong and she was a bit free in front and therefore tired but she has a good attitude to the job and I liked the way she travelled.
Off to Newcastle tomorrow where the ground is good to soft and in the 1.05 Lake View Lad makes his chasing debut under Stephen. 5 run and he has top weight but his schooling has been good and I hope he has plenty to offer over fences this season. We have two runners in the 1.40, Andhaar (Blair) and Bracing (Kit), both should be well suited by the track, trip and probably ground as well; Andhaar has his own ideas about life and am sure will show his true talent again sometime soon, Bracing is entitled to progress from a good seasonal debut at Ayr 3 weeks ago, 13 run.
Finally in the 2.50 we run Jet Master, he has been running well over hurdles lately and looks nicely treated back over fences, track, ground and trip all fine, my only doubt is whether it will come too soon after his latest good run at Ayr 13 days ago, certainly worth taking a chance and pleased to be able to give Grant Cockburn the ride, he’s been riding out here a lot and his 3lb claim will take the sting out of top weight.