Chilly today but not as cold as expected and doubt forecast snow will materialise. Famous last words? I hope not as racing at Ayr tomorrow and we are hoping for a busy day with six declared runners on ground that is likely to ease from the present good to soft as plenty of rain forecast overnight which suits us fine. We start with Craiganboy making his stable debut in the 1.10, 12 run and Lucy rides, although he has never won he has some good form in the book and should be fit having been entered up for a good few weeks, we just have to hope he isn’t too fresh on his first run back.
Then in the 2.15 Titian Boy has his first run over fences, Brian Hughes rides and 11 run, hurdles were always an inconvenience for him and he has done most of his schooling over fences for the last two seasons, his only good hurdle run was over course & distance and he should improve for fences so hopeful, Lucy rides Landmarque in the same race for James Ewart and Kit rides King of the Dark for Victor Thompson.
We then have two runners in the 2.50 – Bertalus ridden by Tom Scudamore and Marlee Massie ridden by Lucy; Bertalus is a course and distance winner earlier this year and is really on a confidence boosting mission after giving himself a fright over fences at Wetherby a fortnight ago, Marlee Massie did well for us last season and kicks off this time round off a career high mark, he is also stepping up to 3m for the first time and whilst I believe there is plenty more to come from him he may just need this a bit as he is a stuffy horse that doesn’t do a lot at home, his weight indicates he isn’t far away though.
Chasing is the plan for Buffalo Ballet who runs in the 3.20 but in the absence of suitable opportunities he is having a spin over hurdles to blow away the cobwebs after a long absence, Lucy rides and 13 run, home in one piece please. Finally Queen of Avalon makes her racecourse debut in the bumper at 3.55, Lucy rides and 8 run, she’s a lovely 5yo daughter of Westerner from a good family and whilst she won’t be as tuned up as others and will learn a lot she should still run nicely.
Delighted that Landecker recorded his 4th win at Kelso on Saturday with Kit on board, for some reason that I can’t work out at all he just seems to run better there than anywhere else, most odd but the Stewards seemed most understanding as this was the only explanation I could give for his 60 length reversal of form with the favourite from their encounter a couple of weeks ago at Carlisle.
Another Mattie failed to sparkle in the same race, he will need everything in his favour to be competitive off his current rating. Elsewhere on the card Christmas in USA jumped and treavlled really well until fading 3 out, he didn’t appear to stay and will drop back in trip next time, Off The Hook was green but showed plenty of promise and whilst Heilan Rebel got a little closer he remains disappointing.
I have to express particular gratitude to Anthea and her team at Kelso for assisting our team with one of the horses after racing who decided that staying at Kelso was a much better option than returning to the Kinneston boot camp, it took well over 90 minutes of cajoling to finally get loaded and at the end of a long day in the freezing cold the Kelso team went well beyond the call of duty – thank you!