Splendid day’s racing at Kelso yesterday, I can’t think of another course in the country that can compete on atmosphere; on a cold and dreich December day the camaraderie generated by the shared passion for National Hunt racing is simply wonderful. Not that everything went our way, very pleased with Marlee Mourinho’s return to the track after 958 days off in the first, he travelled nicely before naturally tiring, as you can see below he’s not really a 2 mile hurdler!
Delighted with Little Glenshee in the “Paris Pike,” she jumped boldly to finish a good 2nd in this prestigious contest, as expected Standintheband took time to warm to his jumping, he is just a little careful, I am sure he will improve a lot for the experience. Not so happy with Rossini’s Dancer who showed his more mulish side on the way to the start, at the start and during the race – we will need to be clever to outwit him in future – head scratching time!
Then in the mares race The Flaming Matron ran to the best of her ability, jumping nicely, she may go over fences now, but my day was really made by Lucy’s win on Bogside, this was important and very special on a number of different levels and the warm, vocal reception the crowd gave her, the Charltons, and Woods demonstrated exactly why this course is so special – they knew.
So, Musselburgh today, ground should be on the soft side of good and providing it is as described we run Blackmore in the 12.45, Lucy rides, 8 run, this is an ordinary sort of race but I can’t work out why we have top weight, I hope we prove we deserve it. Then in the 2.50 Bertie Milan contests the race won by Isla Pearl Fisher last year, he’s not really a Musselburgh type but seems in good heart and this race ticks most other boxes. Wickedly fresh horses this morning and good schooling session for the runners later in the week. Some great pictures from yesterday..