Cold tonight and a pretty miserable forecast with heavy rain overnight turning to snow in the morning, not what was forecast at the beginning of the week and could do without it frankly. Already very heavy at Ayr tomorrow and one wonders how much more rain they can take but fingers crossed that they miss the worst of it as we are hoping for a busy day with seven declared runners.
We start off with two in 2m Novice hurdle at 2.05, it’s a decent little race so we are not expecting too much from our stable debutant Eagle Ridge (Lucy), he’s a nice horse, well bred and with decent bumper and point-to-point form in the book but I imagine we will see better from him over further on better ground as we move into spring. Up Helly Aa King (Grant) is also a nice long term staying prospect, he’ll be fine on the ground but this is really stage two in his comeback from the horrible injury he incurred last year, 7 run.
The mares hurdle is next at 2.35, we run Massini’s Lady who was a good 2nd on her comeback a few weeks ago, I’m not sure about the drop back in trip but maybe the bottomless ground will make up for it, 8 run. Buffalo Ballet runs in the staying novice chase at 3.10, he seemed to handle the heavy ground OK at Ayr a fortnight ago when only finding one too good, trip shouldn’t be a bother so he should run well so long as it doesn’t come too quick as he had a hard race that day, Lucy rides and 4 run.
We have two runners in the 3.45, Calivigny (Lucy) dropping back in trip after appearing not to stay 3m last time, he’s well treated now though that may not become apparent until the ground dries up. Road to Gold (Grant) might also prove well treated off this mark but he has been off a long time and will come on for the race, 7 run.
Finally we run Peak of Beauty in the 4.15, I was delighted with the way she ran to be 6th here last time and this tough little filly should have improved again, probably not enough to trouble the principals but will hopefully run well, 7 run and Stephen Mulqueen rides.
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at the Jedforest point-to-point on Saturday, many thanks to those that made the effort to rescedule – Left Back improved to finish 3rd in the maiden, a much more encouraging effort from Killer Crow who only just failed to get up in time to beat last season’s champion horse, Rossini’s Dancer gave Kim a great spin to finish 5th in the Ladies on her first ride and Kit won on our old friend Always Tipsy.