Wild wet and windy this afternoon, very wet actually but a day to remember and reflect. A poignant service in Edinburgh then a fine lunch in Leith, home for a blustery walk then some time in the office prior to evening stables. Aside from those most important and profound of issues in one’s thoughts today “the great triviality” keeps creeping back in and a memorable day at Kelso yesterday with the coming of age of a horse and a jockey.
The rain came in time for Clan Legend and he showed the progress I hoped from last season battling back for the gamest of wins, backed from 25-1 into 4-1 second favourite he didn’t carry a pound of my money but as our late mare Harrietfield’s 9th and final foal it was a special win. Two weeks ago Blair Campbell rode his first winner as a conditional with a perfectly judged off the pace waiting ride, yesterday back at the same track he proved just as accomplished from the front, having made all he was headed on the run in but with a strong drive got the horse back up to put his head in front on the line at the expense of his mentor and coach Peter Buchanan. Blair was only called in to ride the horse 45 minutes before the race when Kit was struck down by a horrid bug, bad luck for Kit who is much better today and decent of the owners to allow me to put up someone as inexperienced as Blair but he seized the opportunity and whilst there may be a few creases to iron out he should continue to progress.
Half an hour later Been Decided put up a solid effort to finish 4th in the bumper on his first trip away from home, there should be plenty more to come from him. Clan Legend loved bowling along in front and the way his ears loped backwards and forwards reminded me very much of his big sister Little Glenshee who makes her seasonal debut in the 3.25 at Carlisle tomorrow on what is likely to end up heavy ground. Perfect for her, she seems fit and well though she has to give weight to all of her 9 rivals, Brian Harding rides.
Earlier in the afternoon Massini’s Lady runs in the 2.15, Stephen rides and 7 run, she shouldn’t mind the ground but will be better over further in due course and then in the concluding bumper we run Heilan Rebel, 9 run and Stephen rides, he’s a lovely big long striding good actioned horse that was meant to be going to Newcastle on Friday but I’m not at all sure about the ground for him in what looks like a decent little race.