Much milder today, this winter is being characterised by regular 10 degree plus temperature swings, most confusing for the natural world which includes racehorses and their already confused trainers (speak for yourself I hear them cry!). Heavy old ground at Kelso today so Jet Master withdrawn but a fun day’s racing nevertheless and some uplifting racing with good horses digging deep. And it is likely to be heavy at Ayr tomorrow where we have four declared runners who all have form on this type of ground so should be OK so long as it isn’t holding.
Our first runner is Craiganboy in the 1.10, he took a heavy fall two starts ago and the mission tomorrow is to continue to rebuild his confidence, Grant Cockburn rides and 10 run. Little Glenshee runs in the second race at 1.40, Lucy rides and 5 run, it seems odd running a horse I now regard as a 3 mile chaser in a 2 mile hurdle but she should relish the conditions and I felt it was worth a chance back in a hurdle against her own sex.
Calivigny has won twice round Ayr and was runner up here prior to disappointing at Kelso last time, he runs in the 2.45 with Lucy on board and 7 run, he’d be favourite if we hadn’t taken him to Kelso so hopefully he can put that behind him though I have no specific reason as to why he ran badly that day.
Finally The Bishop runs in the 3.15, Kit rides and 11 run, I put his poor effort at the course last time down to being too soon after a big run at Hexham a fortnight previously, can’t put that excuse up tomorrow but it isn’t necessarily straightforward getting them back in the right frame of mind though all I can say is he seems fresh and well at home. Lucy also rides The Wise One in the 1.10 and Snuker in the 3.15. It is great that Ayr are putting on this new two day fixture, it might be bread and butter sort of stuff but it’s very necessary to provide opportunities for horses to run at this time of year and, whilst I might not be saying this tomorrow night, it is good to see the meeting supported by David Pipe and Gordon Elliot amongst others.