Cool this morning but only a superficial frost and another storm on it’s way. Hopefully not arriving in the West until after racing at Ayr today which has already survived an 8.30am inspection, going will be heavy and we have four runners.
We start with two horses in the novice hurdle at 1.35, both had horrible scares in the spring and I’m delighted to have them back on the track today, Lucy rides Off the Hook who is a young mare with plenty of ability, she was just getting her act together last season when she had to undergo colic surgery, subsequent complications meant she was in the Royal Dick Veterinary hospital for six weeks followed by a careful period of recuperation here, many thanks to everyone involved, she’s likely to be keen and fresh today and with the ground being heavy we are starting back over 2 miles though she is bred to be better over further.
Grant rides Up Helly Aa King who having shown promise when a close 3rd on his debut in a bumper here in March then suffered a nasty injury at Hexham, again a huge amount of effort went into his immediate care and subsequent rehab and I am grateful to all – he’s barely ready but will hopefully have a nice reintroduction today, 7 run.
Then in the 2.10 we run Calivigny, Lucy rides and 10 run, he’s been unlucky not to win a chase yet and put up a good effort last time at Carlisle, 3 miles should bring out a further improvement but I have concerns re the ground.
Titian Boy should handle the conditions well in the 3.10, he’s in good form and whilst he has top weight I feel he is more comfortable in this lower grade so will hopefully go well, Brian Hughes rides and 7 run. Yesterday at Musselburgh Benny’s Secret was a little disappointing in finishing 5th looking a bit one paced, I just don’t think the slow pace suited him over a sharp 2m 4f, further next time or perhaps even fences if the weather will allow us to school. Dutch Canyon put up a bold effort from the front on his seasonal debut before fading into 3rd, a nice run and plenty of fun to be had with him I hope.