Kelso has been remarkably kind to us this season and racing there yesterday produced another very, very special day with Lucy and Kit both riding winners; Lucy on Landecker who defied his penalty to win his second novice hurdle, a step up in trip beckons for him now and Kit on Present Potential who won the much coveted Buccleuch Cup under a strong ride. Also on the card Another Mattie ran his usual honest race to finish 2nd again, The Orange Rogue found things happening a bit quickly on his step up to handicap company but stuck on to be 3rd, chasing for him next I think, The Flaming Matron ran a curiously disinterested race though finished a fortuitous 2nd, puzzling, she scoped clear afterwards, Makhzoon’s race wasn’t run to suit him and in these circumstances he is firmly in the handicappers grip and Or de Grugy was never really at the races for some reason.
Present Potential has very much been Kit’s project and I am delighted to see his plans work out, he may go for another Hunter Chase or possibly the Highland National at Perth, he is for sale to stay in the yard at an attractive price. I was bemused by Tatts Ireland’s tweet referring to “Ppot” as the winner of the Buccleuch Cup being sold for rather a large sum at their Derby sale a few years ago, I sometimes think the sums bandied about for NH racehorses in the press etc can be a little off-putting to people wanting to get involved, whilst I am always keen to have good budgets to buy horses it is worth pointing out that we went to Kelso yesterday with 7 runners all of which could be given a bit of a chance on a decent card, their average cost was £8k so whilst you need luck in this game whatever you spend it is possible to have fun at a reasonable cost. Zoom, zoom, of to Carlisle, soft there now, should suit LG, might be a little testing for CinA and will be interesting to see how our promising bumper horse Dutch Canyon runs, probably prefer better ground but have to start somewhere, I understand getting him onto the lorry was a bit of a project in itself, I was blissfully unaware up on the gallop…..