Another fine autumn day, horses working well, grass in fine fettle and grand to be able to do some faster work at last. I have a feeling that a few of our horses have missed that, some don’t appear to need it but others do and it’s been too firm until this week- will be doing plenty over the next few weeks. A so-so sort of day at Carlisle yesterday, very pleased that Been Decided ran a much better type of race and he should make a nice staying handicap hurdler this season now he has that run under his belt.
Little Glenshee ran well for a long way but didn’t quicken up, the ground wasn’t really soft enough for her and she has paid for her consistency by remaining high in the weights despite her advancing years and many of her rivals looked relatively well treated. She will come on for the run but may need to be lower in the weights before she is winning again. Road to Gold was novicey over the first few fences on his chasing debut, unsurprising after taking such a heavy fall on his last hurdle start but his jumping improved as the race went on and Lucy was easy on him given the importance of a good overall experience.
More to come from him but he won’t be easy to place, having been a good novice hurdler he has to go chasing off a mark of 127. His alternatives are to take on better horses at level weights like yesterday or run in a handicap off 127, now I hope he will end up a 127 plus handicap chaser but he certainly isn’t that now and may not be for another year at least… tricky, the two disciplines are different and they need a chance to learn their trade if they are to fulfill their potential long term.
Just one runner at Kelso tomorrow on good to soft ground, Heilan Rebel in the 5.25, Harry Reed has his first ride for the stable, 13 run and whilst it is a competitive enough race for the grade I am hoping he is well handicapped.