A little cooler but mild enough, a kind spell of weather for the time of year and the forecast reasonably benign. It must have been wetter over in the West because the ground is forecast to be heavy at Ayr tomorrow where we have six declared runners starting with two in the first race at 12.50, 14 run.
Christmas in USA (Kit) is taking time to acclimatise to our way of racing since coming over from France but he should be more at home on this sort of ground and we are looking for another quietly progressive performance after his 5th last time out at Newcastle, Craiganboy (Tony Kelly) took a heavy fall last time at the track and was concussed afterwards, he’s been in grand form at home since but a nice clear round is what we are after this time.
Then in the 1.20 Titian Boy bids for the hat-trick under a big weight, I don’t see that as a problem and I think given the softer ground he will be fine dropped back in trip but he’s a big weak horse still and I’m just a little bit worried that this race will come soon enough for him, 7 run.
In the 1.55 we run The Bishop, he is also making a relatively quick reappearance and dropping back in trip which isn’t ideal but he’s been bouncing at home since his Hexham run and with nothing else for him over the Christmas and New Year period I felt he should take his chance, he’ll run well if it doesn’t come too soon, 11 run.
I am delighted that Lucy is having her comeback ride on Another Mattie in the 2.30, he was disappointing on his seasonal reappearance back in October but we have given him a little time and conditions should be much more up his street tomorrow but it does look a very competitive race, 11 run.
Finally Little Glenshee reverts to hurdles in the 3.00, only really because it is her course, distance and going and there isn’t a suitable chase for her; 6 run in a tight little handicap for a decent prize, she is has been very fresh and well at home.
We had a great day at Ayr at their last meeting and I am hoping they will run well tomorrow but a few of them are running back quite quickly and whilst they appear in very good order at home you never really know whether it has come too soon until the race itself, so – excuses lined up! We were delighted with Andhaar’s run at Musselburgh on Wednesday, the first time visor saw him race with renewed zest to finish a good 4th, he will be interesting next time out back down in grade.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched article about our equine family written by John Ingles in his blog “thebreedingshed” – the story stretches 43 years – read it here – pleasingly published on what would have been my Father’s 84th birthday, now that’s a 364-1 shot!