Mild, damp and windy – very mild in fact, an extraordinary 16 degrees driving back from Edinburgh at midnight last night – unreal, Scotland in November? Something must be wrong. Extreme conditions at Carlisle yesterday and Massini’s Lady ran much as expected, jumping better than on her debut and staying on in rear for 4th. Little Glenshee also finished 4th, I was happy that she jumped enthusiastically but am beginning to think she needs further now.
No rest for the wicked so it’s on to Ayr tomorrow where we have five runners on what will hopefully be soft rather than heavy ground. Titian Boy runs in the first at 1.20, 12 run and Tony Kelly rides, he’s a big imposing horse for whom hurdling is a bit of an irritation, he will come on for the experience.
In the 1.50 we run Another Mattie, Brian Harding rides, he should appreciate this step up in trip and is slipping to an attractive handicap mark, this is a competitive race though and 12 run.
We have two runners in the 2.20 – The Bishop (Stephen) and Frankie’s Promise (Brian Harding) – I think the former really wants 3 miles but he will appreciate the ground and galloping track, the latter is making his chasing debut and whilst a clear round is always the number one priority in these circumstances he looks well treated on his hurdle form of two seasons ago.
Finally Calivigny makes his handicap debut off top weight in the 3.20, he should like the trip and ground and looks reasonably treated so if he turns up in the same form as when he won at the track two weeks ago he shouldn’t be far away.