A long haul back up the A68 tonight in very blowy and wet conditions, stormy stuff but still smiling after a memorable win for Gold Opera at Newcastle yesterday afternoon. This horse has not been straightforward to train (he only very rarely works on our all-weather) so it was tremendous to see him dig deep and draw clear to record his 4th win over fences in the last 15 months off a career high handicap mark.
He’s a big horse and having only just turned 8 he has finally filled into his frame and there should be more to come from him if we can keep him right, he’s a real credit to the team. At the point-to-point today Royal Chatelier ran with much more zest and although he tired in the latter stages to finish 6th or 7th in a decent Club race he should be able to build on this, Kit had two 2nds for Victor from his 4 rides at what was another really good Northern point-to-point with raiders from Yorkshire, Wales and further South.
Plans in hand for a quick turnaround to Ayr tomorrow where we have one runner, Craiganboy in the 3.15, 6 run and Grant Cockburn rides, I was pleased with his chasing debut at Carlisle 3 weeks ago and he should be more at home on this flatter track over slightly further, he’s handled what will be heavy ground in the past and if he gets into a nice rhythm jumping he will run better than his odds suggest. Disappointing only to have one runner tomorrow, we have plenty of horses ready to run that have had a quiet enough winter, I’m just a little wary of running them on heavy first time back after a break so we will have to wait…..