Glorious weather today, a morning to make the heart sing and a fabulous day’s racing at Kelso yesterday with an awe inspiring display from the Grand National favourite Many Clouds, a top class novice hurdle in which we could sadly only finish 4th and a memorable winner in the last with Kit deputising for Lucy to complete a rare four timer for Marlee Massie, the first time we have had a winner in the family colours on “Memorial Race” day, Kits 4th winner of the week and the yard’s 5th.
Earlier in the afternoon Gold Opera reappeared to run an exceptionally game race to finish a rapidly closing 3rd over an inadequate trip, Lake View Lad was too free in the Premier Hurdle – he remains a horse of enormous potential, I suspect he will be better over further when he can just travel, jump and stay.
Marlee Massie has been one of the revelations of the season, he had appeared very ordinary but the penny just dropped and he is improving fast, having worried a little in the past he now seems to love his racing and can continue to progress from here but surely five in a row would be asking too much?
A frantic few days and tempting to feel a little weary but nay, we must gird our loins and sally forth unto the Cotswolds where the greatest Festival of them all awaits, it has been a fascinating build up to what promises to be an intriguing week of high class racing – can’t wait but above all bring all the horses and jockeys home safe, it’s going to be brutally competitive. No runners from here, one day (soon), and Hexham on Thursday will prove a refreshing diversion from the cauldron….. Some great pictures taken by Frank Cornfield yesterday – see his fantastic work here – Frank Cornfield Photography