Another lovely day and Kinross-shire looking fantastically beautiful as I pottered off to collect the papers this morning, the farmers are busy and it’s such a relief to see our arable ground being cultivated in perfect conditions after the battering it has taken this winter – a yomp up the hill beckons. A wonderful day at Lanark for Kit yesterday with a treble and two 2nds making it a remarkable 8 winners across the codes in 13 days. Racing’s levelling bar came out though and he took a heavy fall in the last, only the prospect of A&E on a Saturday evening prevented him going for an x-ray – stood him down from riding out this morning so haven’t seen him yet today but an sure he will be fine. Our own Rossini’s Dancer was one of his 2nds, this was probably his best run to date in a point-to-point as he finished close to a good horse and should find easier opportunities. Over at Newcastle Another Mattie progressed again, a career best I am sure to finish 2nd in a good race, I thought he had won as he drew clear after the last but he was collared on the line, the agony and the ecstasy! More agony was to follow as Clan Chief made a relatively innocuous mistake at the 4th fence but then stumbled on landing causing his rider to lose control and end up on the hurdle track, incredibly frustrating as we were 7-4 fav for a good prize and the horse was in great order.
Finally in the 5.10 Frankie’s Promise ran very well for a long way but failed to find anything in the home straight, he came home with a nasty little cut but I doubt that was the reason. We are certainly missing our stable jockey and she is missing being able to compete and will have to sit and suffer again tomorrow as she is forced to miss a book of six good rides at Kelso where the ground will have dried significantly and is likely to be on the soft side of good.
We have four runners including two in the first race at 2pm, Benny’s Secret (Brian Harding) and Secret Act (Stephen), 12 run. Secret Act has been disappointing to date but I hope the better ground will help him and he is also wearing a tongue tie for the first time. Benny’s Secret has the unfortunate figures of FFU next to his name but I will reiterate that he is a good jumper, he was unlucky to be tripped up by a horse blundering in front of him last time, he will appreciate the better ground and should go very close if luck is on his side for once.
Jet Master returns to the scene of his two chase wins and should run well though still appears very high in the weights to me, the race is at 3.30, Brian Harding rides and 7 run. Another horse who loves the track is Landecker who runs in the 4pm, Stephen rides and 9 run, he will love the better ground and has slipped to an attractive mark, he should run a big race but may be vulnerable to an improver.