A memorable day at Perth yesterday with Northern Acres winning for Cornelius Lysaght and Tom Cochrane under a well-judged ride from Kit, delighted that Cornelius was present for his “Festival” winner though quite surprised by the result as he was originally meant to run in the 3m race the day before and he only ran in that race because the owner was heading back South today, he was heavily backed from 14-1 into 13/2 in the last 5 minutes before the race which, given that he was PU last time out rightfully prompted a Stewards Enquiry, trainer was genuinely baffled both by him winning and the gamble and despite some rather quizzical looks from the Stewards I think they believed me, if only I was that clever!
In the same race Caught in the Act was outpaced but stayed on and at least completed for only the second time in 2 years but he isn’t going to fulfill our aspirations. I was then delighted by Humphrey Bee’s performance to finish a good 4th in a competitive race after a long lay-off; as I suspected age and the handicapper are getting to Makhzoon and he was unable to be competitive, Jamie was unseated at the first on Back on the Road, some schooling this morning prior to a quick reappearance tomorrow at Balcormo.
Back to Perth today where the ground will be fairly soft and Ceilidh (Lucy) makes her hurdling debut in the 2pm, she has yet to show anything like what she shows us at home on the racecourse, she schools well so hopefully hurdles may make the difference. Then in the 3.05 we run Marlee Massie, hopefully a drop back in trip and first time cheek pieces will help him, Lucy rides. We run Bertie Milan (Lucy) in the Highland National at 4.10, 16 run for this valuable prize, he is well-handicapped if he stays and reverts to his old form but needless to say it is ultra-competitive. Finally in the bumper we run Ayr winner Clan Chief (Kit), he won’t have any problem with the weight but will the ground be soft enough, we also run Bracing who makes her stable debut under Lucy, hopefully she can step up on her two earlier bumper efforts. After a busy week I am really looking forward to the point-to-point at Balcormo tomorrow, the wetter weather should have the course in perfect condition and we hope to run our entire string of 3 point-to-pointers, there is a lot going on so it should be a fantastic day out, don’t be put off by a wet morning, sun will be out by 1pm!