We seem to be gathering together a decent bunch of staying chasers here at Kinneston and two of them were in action at Carlisle yesterday with Bertie Milan staying on strongly to grab his first win in the closing race on the card.  Only 4th jumping the last he rallied strongly for Wilson Renwick and with any luck there will be more to come when he steps up in trip.

Bertie Milan gets up late to grab a memorable first victory in the setting sun at Carlisle yesterday (picture courtesy of Mike Bishop)

Bertie Milan gets up late to grab a memorable first victory in the setting sun at Carlisle yesterday (picture courtesy of Mike Bishop)

Earlier in the card Papamoa again stayed on well to finish 3rd under a big weight, Fleet Fox traveled well for 1m 4f on his hurdling debut but folded as if something was amiss and Peter pulled him up, I hope I have identified a minor problem which I would like to think we can sort out quickly.

Tipsy Dara on her way to winning at Ayr

Tipsy Dara on her way to winning at Ayr (J Grossick)

On to Newcastle tomorrow where we have four runners on ground that is likely to be very tacky, assuming of course that it passes an 8am inspection.  Three of the four won last time out so the pressure is on!  We run Standintheband in the 2.25, Peter Buchanan rides and 12 run, a promising bumper winner last time he has schooled well ahead of this hurdling debut but I suspect he will be seen at his best over further, then in the 3pm we run Tipsy Dara, 8 run, this is a tight looking handicap and she has a lot of weight to carry on this ground over a trip that may stretch her stamina, ooh, almost forgot to mention – Lucy rides.  She also rides Little Glenshee in the 3.35, she has a double penalty which is always a huge ask but she is a big strong mare and seems in great form at home,  finally we run Northern Acres in the 4.35, Wilson Renwick rides and 8 run – he  ideally wants further on better ground but its an ordianry sort of contest and I hope he runs well.

A light-hearted interview with me in this week’s edition of the Racing Post Weekender, if by any chance you are not a regular buyer you can see it here –

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