Cold and grey again today, cloud has kept the frost away and Musselburgh goes ahead. Pleased to have yesterday behind me to be honest, we needed to get a run into these horses and have thankfully done that but the ground was very testing and made it hard work, I wouldn’t be inclined to judge any horse too harshly on it.
The highlight of the afternoon was Lake View Lad travelling strongly before quickening clear on the bridle to win the maiden hurdle, he is an exciting prospect and we will probably look for a novice for him now. More Madness put up a much better effort to finish 2nd in the 3m handicap chase, unlucky to be beaten by a well handicapped Irish horse who will probably win again under a penalty at Leopardstown on Sunday, we will look for a similar contest again for Madness. Of the other maiden hurdlers The Bishop ran well to finish 3rd, Bertalus was a little outpaced in the home straight and can now go handicapping – Farewelltocheyenne, Heilan Rebel and Titian Boy would have preferred 2m on better ground, there will be other days for them. The 2m 4f novice chase was a decent race and The Orange Rogue was hassled in front which he doesn’t like, he blundered and unseated Stephen in the latter stages, Gold Opera travelled nicely in to the race but didn’t pick up which was a little disappointing though he stayed on for 4th, he is better than this. Finally Academy ran a bit better to be 7th on ground that he hated but it was a poor race and I probably ought to run up the white flag with him.
So, on to Musselburgh today where the ground will be soft and we have two runners starting with Jet Master in the feature race at 2.55, Lucy rides and 8 run. There is a certain amount of debate between trainer and jockey as to what trip suits this horse best, the former believes he is a latent 3 miler whereas the latter continually points out to me that all his best form is over 2 miles. He attained a rating of 140 over the latter over fences and he runs off 125 over that trip over hurdles today so I hope she is proved right! It’s a good handicap though and he will need to be at his very best.
Then in the 4.05 Dutch Canyon steps up to 3m and wears a visor for the first time, if this was at any other track I would rate his chances highly but I just think this may be a bit too sharp for a big horse like him.