So, the weather changes, much cooler and breezy, some rain and plenty more in the forecast, feels like we should be thinking about going racing and with that in mind we have two declarations for Kelso on Sunday where the current good to firm ground will hopefully have eased.
Both of our runners won twice at the track last season and have had these races penciled in for their seasonal reappearance for some time and they seem very well, though the dry weather has meant they have not had their usual fast work on the grass to sharpen them up; we start with Landecker in the 3.55, Lucy rides and 6 run. Although he won over 2 miles in the spring he is stepping up in trip to 2m 6f which I have always imagined will be to his benefit, we will hopefully find out on Sunday.
Then Jet Master runs in the 4.25, Lucy on board and 6 runners, he has risen sharply in the weights for his narrow win in April so it will be interesting to see if he can live up to it. One of our more senior owners, Lord Cochrane, has been unable to come to the yard for a while so this morning we took his family’s three horses over to see him at Cults near Cupar, he is pictured below with 11 time winner Or de Grugy along with Toni who has looked after him for the last 8 years (Or de Grugy that is, not Lord Cochrane!), also there was the promising Another Mattie owned by his son Tom and his wife Silke Quandt and the enigmatic Northern Acres who the latter share with Cornelius Lysaght.
Next week the racing is at Carlisle and Hexham, we will be making a few entries over the weekend given the unsettled forecast.