A fine spring day, cool but bright sunshine and the grass is growing. Fun point-to-pointing yesterday and good results with Royal Chatelier dead-heating in the Novice & Veterans Riders race under Jamie and Kit having a winner and 2nd from his two rides.
Back down the road to Kelso tomorrow where we have six declared runners on ground that I am concerned will be tacky and holding again after two drying days. Two runners in the first race at 2.10, Christmas in USA (Lucy) and Just Brooke (Blair Campbell), 9 run.
We are struggling to find the key to Christmas in USA and he drops back in trip tomorrow having shaped like a non-stayer on his last two starts, I had wanted to run him on better ground but am attracted by the lack of depth to this maiden hurdle so we will see what the ground is like in the morning. Just Brooke is improving all the time at home and with her mares allowance and rider’s claim may well run better than her odds are likely to suggest though ultimately will improve over further.
In the novice chase at 2.40 we run Marlee Massie, Lucy rides and 6 run, despite being a heavy ground winner several times I am a little wary of conditions for him tomorrow but it’s a good opportunity for him in every other way and he appears to be on the upgrade after six wins in the last 16 months. We are doubly represented in the 3.10 with Bertalus (Lucy) and Andhaar (Blair Campbell), 6 run in this tight little handicap.
Bertalus won for us at Ayr last season but lost his way earlier this season, we’ve given him a nice break and he is fresh and well at home, I had hoped to find better ground for him but time is now against us and I feel it is very much worth him taking his chance in a small field long distance race like this. Likewise with Andhaar who could run very well over this marathon trip off such a light weight, we had always believed he wanted better ground but he ran well last time on heavy at Ayr.
Finally we run Another Mattie in the 4.40, Lucy rides and 8 run, he won well at Ayr last time but will need a career best to follow up in what looks like a competitive race… won’t mind the ground and seems well.