Well, we know the National Hunt season is properly underway when Kelso’s season starts and they have a cracking card lined up with 86 horses declared, it will be very competitive but thank goodness because today’s card at Hexham has been poorly supported with only 46 declared – makes me think we should be running ours at Hexham instead but we prefer to go to Kelso and are wary of leaving the season behind us by running on very heavy ground at Hexham.  Shame for them though as thanks to Betfair the prize money is reasonable for some of the races, I think we are beginning to see a waning support for the low grade races that used to have reasonable money but now don’t and owners are realizing that it is difficult to justify persevering at that level, perhaps our own decision to take Seeking Power out of training is indicative of that trend.

Rossini’s Dancer (Amy) and Jet Master (Toni)

Yawn yawn, anyway, despite the races looking difficult to win I am heartened by Kelso’s popularity which bodes well for the season and I am very excited about sending five runners down on Sunday where the ground should be good to soft; we start with Jet Master in the 3.35, Lucy rides and 9 run.  The plan is to go chasing with him but I want to establish whether or not he stays further than the 2 miles he has been running so well at, hopefully we will find out on Sunday, he’s a cracking horse who goes there in good order.  Then in the 4.05 we run Rossini’s Dancer, Lucy on board again and 10 run, he seems well but steps up in class and has a 10lb rise in the weights to contend with – he looked progressive at Perth but a much bigger ask on Sunday.  In the 4.35 we run Goldtrek (Lucy) and Balwyllo (Callum Whillans), the latter wasn’t quite right in the summer so should shape better tomorrow, Goldtrek would prefer quick ground and will come on for the run but she could still prove effective in this grade, 14 run.  Finally we run Or de Grugy (Lucy – 10 run) in the 5.10, he lost his way badly last season and as a result has come dramatically down the weights; he seems well at home, is 20kg heavier than when he last ran in the spring and on Sunday we will find out whether something was ailing him last season or age is catching up with him.


Lucy also rides Lillioftheballet in the 2.20, Altnaharra in the 2.50 and Caledonia in the 5.40 – a busy afternoon for all; unlike Lucy I intend to be well fortified for the battle with lunch in Rosie’s Bistro and afterwards it will be home for gin and Downton assuming I can stay awake for the latter, mind you, I made it to the end of the Ryder Cup last week and wasn’t that tremendous sporting theater.  Good weekend in prospect, and speaking of high drama, Frankie Dettori riding Camelot in the Arc adds exceptional intrigue…….

Or de Grugy