Quiet weather now after a stormy few days over Christmas, mild enough for the time of year and delighted to be resuming racing tomorrow at Kelso, they have an excellent card of competitive racing lined up and we have seven declared runners on ground that will be good to soft.
Jet Master switches back to hurdles in the 1.05, he has been in good form over fences recently but is 8lb better off over hurdles and you would hardly describe his jumping over fences as an asset so we thought it was worth a go back in this sphere. He is the veteran of the field and giving weight to them all so it is a big ask, Lucy rides and 11 run.
Gold Opera runs in the 1.40, a winner last time at Ayr he also carries top weight over a trip that may prove too sharp for him on this ground, it’s a decent prize though and he comes into the race in better form than most of his rivals so it is worth a shot, Lucy rides and 10 run.
We have two runners in the 2.15, Jolie Crickette (Lucy) and Queen of Avalon (Brian Harding) – the former should be happier in this company and on the better ground, she has plenty of experience jumping in France whilst it is the hurdling debut for the latter who ran inexplicably poorly in her last bumper, 7 run.
And we have 3 runners in the 2.45 including the first two from our 1-2-3 at Ayr earlier this month – Marlee Massie (Brian Hughes) and Calivigny (Lucy), both are in good heart and should build on their latest runs.
Here’s to Harry (Grant Cockburn) runs from more than two stone wrong, crazy really but he needs to run in a 0-100 handicap and we have to run in a novice first to be eligible so we don’t really have any other option. Lucy also rides Multipede in the opener at noon and Kit rides Zaru in the 3.20, both for James Ewart.