Cold and grey this morning, raining now and wind looks stuck in the East for at least the next week, still a slow spring then.  Too much drama at Kelso yesterday with Lucy taking a brutal fall on Road to Gold on her comeback ride, the last thing she needed and absolutely typical that having stopped her from riding the error prone Clan Chief later in the day that she should take a heavy fall on a horse that is basically a very sound jumper, was a well backed 13/8 favourite as well so had a great chance of giving her a winning comeback….. things not going to plan again.

It's a serious business - putting the finishing touches to "Chief" with a few of the "Gathering"

It’s a serious business – putting the finishing touches to the “Chief” with a few of the “Gathering”

Anyway Heilan Rebel showed some improvement on the better ground to finish 4th and Clan Chief also put up a career best to finish a good 2nd, his jumping improving though remaining a work in progress.  As expected the 2m 6f handicap hurdle was competitive and turned into a fairly rough race on a track that was railed too narrow; Landecker put up a very sound effort to be 3rd despite being badly hampered on the bends at least twice,  Always Tipsy showed much better form to be 5th and Andhaar was a little rusty after his layoff though ran to the line to finish 8th and should be a bit sharper next time.

Love this picture of our 3 runners in the 4.10, Andhaar (Lucy) right, Always Tipsy (Stephen) 3rd from right and Landecker (Kit) 4th from right - love this picture - thank you Dennis!

Love this picture of our 3 runners in the 4.10, Andhaar (Lucy) right, Always Tipsy (Stephen) 3rd from right and Landecker (Kit) 4th from right –  thank you Dennis!

Kit also took a fall in the Buccleuch Cup from S for Estuary; at the end of the day just hugely relieved to bring all the horses and riders home in one piece.  So the tremendous thing about this job is that one may pull out feeling a little weary and battered in the morning after a couple of days when plans went somewhat astray but one is immediately reinvigorated by working our 8 possible runners for Ayr on Friday – fresh, strong, fit horses looking in the form of their lives quickly lifted the spirits despite the cold rain – back into battle we go!

Lifting the spirits on a dark & gloomy morning - Calivigny (Blair) and Bertalus (Mhairi)

Lifting the spirits on a dark & gloomy morning – Calivigny (Blair) and Bertalus (Mhairi)

And equine siblings Little Glenshee (Sally) and Clan Legend (Lucy H)

And equine siblings Little Glenshee (Sally) and Clan Legend (Lucy H)