Well, it’s stopped raining for now but a very tough morning on the yard with the loss of two dear equine friends in the form of Back on the Road and Ceilidh.  Hard for everyone but the team were extraordinarily professional and bashed on to ensure that all the horses received their exercise as planned.

Back on the Road was bought cheaply out of Arthur Moore's yard as an 11yo in Feb 2013, since then he ran 24 times for Jamie in Hunter Chases and point-to-points finishing in the first 4 on 19 of those starts including winning 3, most memorably the Hunter Chase at Perth - such honest and genuine horses are hard to come by.

Back on the Road was bought cheaply out of Arthur Moore’s yard as an 11yo in Feb 2013, since then he ran 24 times for Jamie in Hunter Chases and point-to-points finishing in the first 4 on 19 of those starts including winning 3, most memorably the Hunter Chase at Perth – such honest and genuine horses are hard to come by.

Ceilidh was less lucky, never having the chance to prove herself, like a lot of our big strong horses she took time to come to hand until this time last year she was 2nd at Musselburgh, very sadly she then injured herslef badly on her next start at Wetherby, we will never know what she might have been but she was going to have made a lovely brood mare.

Ceilidh was less lucky, never having the chance to prove herself, like a lot of our big strong horses she took time to come to hand until this time last year when she was 2nd at Musselburgh, very sadly she injured herself badly on her next start at Wetherby, we will never know what she might have been but she was going to have made a lovely brood mare.

Move forward we must and so long as Kelso is spared any significant overnight rain we will be busy there tomorrow with 7 declared runners on what will be heavy ground (8am inspection).  We have two runners in the 3m handicap chase at 12.40, More Madness (Lucy) and Tipsy Dara (Stephen), 7 run and both will love the ground.

Another lovely broodmare prospect in Tipsy Dara

Another lovely broodmare prospect in Tipsy Dara

More Madness is beginning to look quite well treated on his form of this time a year ago and seems very well, Tipsy Dara also seems in great form but may lack a little match fitness having not run since the spring.  We also have two runners in the Mares hurdle at 1.15, Jane’s Fantasy (Lucy) and Presenting Rose (Stephen), 7 run.  Jane’s Fantasy needs to learn to relax and that will be the main mission tomorrow, Presenting Rose doesn’t look especially well in on these terms but ran very well here over further a few weeks ago; she tired late on that day and as a result this race immediately sprang to mind.

And another (eventually!) - Presenting Rose

And another (eventually!) – Presenting Rose

A short break for lunch (ha ha) and then Another Mattie runs in the 2.25, Lucy rides and 11 run, top weight in these conditions is bound to be tough but he is very well and potentially unexposed still at this trip.

Another Mattie being saddled at Kelso

Another Mattie being saddled at Kelso

Then Frankie’s Promise bids to put a disappointing run at Newcastle last time behind him in the 3.00, he’s also racing over further than ever before but he is in especially wicked form at home so could run a nice race if he settles into a rhythm with his jumping, Lucy rides and 6 run.

Frankie's Promise

Frankie’s Promise – he’s always watching….

Last but not least Benny’s Secret makes his handicap debut in the 3.30, Lucy rides and 12 run, his opening mark looks stiff enough for what he has achieved and he is relatively inexperienced but I would be very disappointed if he doesn’t rate higher in due course, that may not be until he is stepped up in trip though.

Ceilidh

Ceilidh

Back on the Road

Back on the Road

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