Cool today, a strong North West wind has been blowing for a few days and due to continue, conditions are now exceptionally dry and watering the racetracks prevails. The upside of all that is the farm goes into the growing season in great shape and we have our “riverbank” gallop back in action a month earlier than usual; the few horses we have for the summer are upping their work on that and going well.
A wonderful atmosphere at Kelso on Monday with recent Grand National hero One for Arthur being paraded before racing to a most appreciative crowd, a mixed sort of day on the track for team Kinneston with most of our horses running well; Landecker was a close 3rd closing in all the way to the line, he will now step up in trip at Perth in two weeks, Dutch Canyon also gave us plenty to look forward to with a solid effort to come 4th – his first completion over fences which is a big relief.
Dance of Fire took another step forward, travelling strongly and jumping well until perhaps just failing to see out the 2m 2f but he wasn’t beaten far behind some decent horses, he will either drop back in trip or be ridden with more restraint next time. Clan Chief is frustrating, whilst he ran well enough to finish 5th he could have been so much closer with a slicker round of jumping, when he meets the fences right he is brilliant but he’s awful when he doesn’t – we will keep working on this and maybe adopt different tactics, a drop back to Class 5 races would no doubt help as well.
The disappointment of the afternoon was Benny’s Secret who was sent off warm favourite for the last but pulled up before the last, a post race scope found him to be full of mucus, this has been a recurrent problem with him this season but at least should be fixable though I think we are now on about Plan F in our attempts to do so! Whilst we have entries at Haydock and Carlisle on Saturday it looks as though the going will be against us so an opportune time to catch up in the office for a few days after a hectic couple of months.