Cold and wet this morning, the East wind back, at least its not snowing, always look on the bright side…. back to Ayr today where the ground is soft though may ease if the rain arrives as forecast. We have two runners, Bertalus in the 2.45, a step back in the right direction last time and his last win was in similar conditions off a much higher rating, blinkers on for the first time so will hopefully run well, Grant rides and 7 run.
Elvis Mail is declared to run in the bumper at 5.35 though he may be withdrawn if the ground goes heavy, he’s wearing a hood having run too free last time and is a nice long term prospect, only 4 runners but they could all take a bit of beating including the favourite who won as he liked last time.
On to Kelso tomorrow with three declared runners, ground heavy and raining so meeting subject to inspection today. A somewhat reluctant declaration for Buffalo Ballet in the 4.20, he’s been running well enough to be runner up on heavy on his last two starts but I’d prefer not to be asking him again on this ground but the opposition aren’t in great form on paper so on balance I felt we had to have a go, he’s very well, Grant rides and 5 run.
Slightly similar scenario with Silk or Scarlet in the 4.50, didn’t really fancy it on the ground but small field countered that, he will improve for the step up in trip and I’m not sure any of the field will be at home in the conditions so again worth a shot, Grant rides and 6 run.
Then Christmas in USA runs in the 5.20, 8 run, he won’t mind the ground at all and the form of his recent Wetherby 2nd has worked out very well so we travel with high hopes – Grant rides.
Our four runners at Ayr all ran well though we didn’t have a winner – The Orange Rogue put in a bold display up from and was disputing the lead when stumbling on landing at the 3rd last, Lake View Lad was just done for a turn of foot and stayed on to finish a close 2nd under top weight, Massini’s Lady’s jumping was found out by being in among a bunch of seasoned handicappers on her 3rd start over fences – she ran well enough to be 4th in the circumstances but we will look for a novice chase again for her next time and Another Mattie put up much his best effort of the season to finish 3rd, only beaten 3l by two good horses. Team Kinneston excelled themselves with all four runners winning best turned out which at £100 a pop is well worth having.