So, a middling sort of day at Ayr yesterday; I was a little bit disappointed with Gold Opera in the opener, he travelled well, maybe too well, but looked weak when they quickened up then stayed on again to be 6th, he is very much a chaser in the making and I must remember he is a 17.2hh 5yo. The Flaming Matron ran almost exactly the same race as she did when making her seasonal debut over course and distance last season, Wicklow Gold ran as expected but Clan Legend went backwards from his first run, I may have done too much too young with him so will give him a little time before he goes hurdling. The most encouraging runner of the day was Calivigny who stayed on well to finish 4th in the decent looking bumper, there should be more to come from him. Rather more importantly one of the linchpins of the Kinneston team, Amy McGregor took a very nasty fall from Nelson de Ronceray in the 2m handicap hurdle, she was transferred straight to Ayr Hospital where two fractured vertebrae were diagnosed, she is still there and no doubt extremely sore – we all wish you the very best Amy and hope you make a speedy recovery.
Off to Newcastle tomorrow where Presently Tipsy makes her hurdling debut in the 1.05, 16 run, Lucy rides and the ground is good to soft with good places. She has schooled with plenty of enthusiasm and will hopefully run a nice race, then Bertie Milan will run in the 2.50 assuming they get the forecast rain, 5 run and Lucy rides, he should progress from his seasonal debut two weeks ago.
We had 4 other horses balloted out tomorrow, clearly there are loads of runners available when the race conditions are framed to suit.