A quiet day weather wise but raining now and forecast pretty dreadful with rain coming then frost again later next week, desperately hoping it doesn’t interfere with the imminent fixtures as we are hoping to have plenty of runners over the next few days. Kelso tomorrow at least should be OK and they have an excellent card of competitive racing and we have 7 declared runners on ground that is expected to be soft, we start with two runners in the 2nd race at 1.10pm.
Moores Novelty (Lucy) and Silk or Scarlet (Grant) are both nice young horses that would prefer better ground and a longer trip however they need experience and we are just looking for nice runs that they can build on in the future, 14 run.
We also have two runners in the 8 runners feature chase of the afternoon at 2.15, Jet Master (Lucy) and Top Cat Henry (Kit); Jet Master seems fresh and well despite his advancing years and this trip, track and ground combination should suit him well, Top Cat Henry is having his first start back after a break and will come on a lot for the run.
I guess Massini’s Lady will be our shortest price runner of the afternoon in the 2.45, whilst her better form is at more galloping tracks she is fit, could improve for this step up in trip and should run well fresh – however I’d have preferred to have gone chasing with her and having missed numerous engagements over the larger obstacles this is no more than an adequate replacement, Lucy rides and 14 run.
Gold Opera rides in the 3.15, he has questions to answer after a disappointing trip to Haydock two weeks ago so I am hoping he can leave that behind him tomorrow, he seems in grand form and nothing came to light after Haydock – 8 run and Lucy rides.
Finally Thomond makes his stable debut in the 3.45, 5 run and it’s a little ironic that the three best horses appearing at the meeting are running in this Hunter Chase for the, a sighting shot therefore for us running him against this opposition, Kit rides.