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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.