The wettest of days, not entirely bad news as the farm needs it and the racecourses need it so far as I am concerned but did it all need to arrive at once? A far cry from the recent “desert” conditions and my delight at a decent splash of rain landing on Kelso racecourse tempered by the fact that Mrs A and some friends have today embarked on a walking tour of the Borders, just three days she said but judging by the size of suitcase she set off with she may be some time.
I am hoping that they may be passing Kelso racecourse tomorrow afternoon where we have our first runners of the 2015-16 NH Season, the ground is likely to be soft and we have four declared runners starting with Dutch Canyon in the 2.20, 12 run and Lucy rides. He stayed on nicely over 2m 4f at Perth last time out and should appreciate the step up in trip, we are also trying some cheek pieces to help his concentration but I don’t think he wants it overly soft.
We run Afterclass in the 4.30, Kit rides and 7 run, although he has been consistent in his point-to-points I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet, he has had one or two minor issues that I hope we have sorted out, we will find out tomorrow!
We then have two nice young horses running in the bumper which has fortunately divided, Benny’s Secret (Lucy) runs in the first division at 5.05, he has progressed nicely with each run to date culminating in a win last time at Ayr, I would like to think that progress will continue tomorrow and it will need to for him to be involved at the finish on these terms, 11 run. In the second division McGinty’s Dream (Lucy) makes his racecourse debut, he’s a lovely horse with a top class NH pedigree, our record with running 4yo’s in bumpers in the spring indicates that they come on hugely for the experience and whilst this chap is no exception he has always been a bit different, 10 run.
After a distinctly mediocre 2014-15 Season it is great to start afresh and I have certainly never felt quite as excited about the team of horses we have to look forward to, so fingers crossed we can get off to a decent start this month, delighted that Lucy did precisely that by winning on her first ride, Ueueteotl, at Hexham on Saturday night; over at Mosshouses Royal Chatelier hated the ground and was quickly pulled up, Back on the Road ran another decent race to finish a close 3rd.