A better sort of day today but surprised by how soft the ground was when we schooled Lake View Lad, Bertie Milan, Frankie’s Promise and McGinty’s Dream over fences this morning – the 5th candidate Buffalo Ballet proving somewhat recalcitrant! So the unseasonal weather looks like producing a rarity in soft ground for the Sottish Grand National Meeting at Ayr, good news for team Kinneston and as a result we have six declared runners for the first day of the meeting tomorrow though there may be a non-runner or two if it dries up.
Clan Legend (Lucy) starts us off in the 2.35, 9 run and the ground is currently soft – he has been an absolute star for us this season winning four times and if it is wet he should go well again in this higher grade, if it isn’t he will go to Hexham on Monday instead.
Another Mattie has also had an exceptional season and he runs in the 3.10, he is on a career high mark but deserves to be so and I very much hope that he will run with credit again, 9 run and Lucy rides.
Little Glenshee reverts to hurdles in the 4.45, this is a competitive race for a good prize and she goes into the race in good heart, again the wetter the better, Lucy rides and 9 run. We have three declared runners in the last race at 5.15 and Bertalus (Lucy) is one who would appreciate better ground after disappointing at the track last time on very holding ground, Wicklow Gold (Stephen) returns to the track over hurdles after a long absence and is likely to improve for the run and Marlee Massie (Kit) won’t mind how much rain there is but may now be in the grip of the handicapper – 11 run.
It is a testament to the season that we have enjoyed that pretty well all of our runners tomorrow are on career high handicap marks, they have been consistent and progressive but can they progress further tomorrow? I doubt it but I always say that don’t I…..