A fine spring day, at last, and the forecast settled so we can look forward to an easier time weather wise and delighted that Lucy had her comeback winner at Musselburgh this afternoon on her 4th ride back after injury, much deserved as it has been very tough for her being on the sidelines at a busy time of year.
Also delighted that Dance of Fire showed considerably more interest on his 3rd start over hurdles to finish 5th, a huge step in the right direction and there should be plenty more to come from him through the spring. A full on day for the team tomorrow with runners at Kelso and the Lanark point-to-point. Drying conditions will be the order of the day at Kelso tomorrow where we are likely to have 3 runners so long as the ground isn’t too holding, soft/heavy is likely to be the official description and we start with Buffalo Ballet in the 3.50.
He’s been in good form this season and should run well if he handles the conditions, 5 run and Lucy rides. Then in the 4.25 we run Craiganboy, a cosy winner at Ayr last time I would like to think he can build on that, this is a tight handicap and again handling the ground will be key, Grant Cockburn rides, 6 run.
Then Jet Master runs in the 5.00, he takes a step down in class and hence has a big weight but that’s not as much of a concern as the ground, he hasn’t beaten another horse when he’s run on heavy in the past so we will have to be happy that conditions have dried out enough to let him take his chance, Lucy rides and 8 run. Wicklow Lad (Kit) is declared for the 5.35, his preferred engagement is the Men’s Open at Lanark and he will only go to Kelso if it stays heavy and the ground at Lanark dries up, bizarre to schedule a Hunter Chase on a point-to-point day, our other intended runners at Lanark are Bertie Milan (Crawford) in the Men’s Open and Rossini’s Dancer (Charlotte Dunn) in the Ladies Open.
Ground, ground, ground, I make no apology for boring on about it, it is one of the key variables in jump racing and the vast majority of horses are more effective on a certain type, the margins are relatively small when we think a few pounds makes a difference to a 1200 pound horse, ground conditions in many cases make more of a marginal impact.