The finest of autumn days; cold, crisp and clear, sadly been dashing about too much to appreciate it, slow down please. Musselburgh’s jump season kicks off tomorrow and we have one runner in the 3.10 on what should be good ground, Andhaar making a quick reappearance after Ayr last week, Blair Campbell rides and 8 run.
We have kept him fresh since last week and very fresh he is so I hope to see a different horse tomorrow, he does face one very well handicapped looking rival but he should run well, Kit is there to ride Gin Cobbler in the 2.40 for Victor Thompson and Lucy is riding Sky Full of Stars in the 1.30 and Touch of Steel in the 3.10, both for James Ewart.
Pleased with most of our runners last weekend; at Ayr Jet Master ran right to his best to finish 2nd and is now proven as versatile regarding trip and ground which is helpful going into the winter, Presenting Rose ran a big race first time out to finish 4th in the same contest. At Carlisle on Sunday Calivigny jumped well on his chasing debut and stayed on strongly to be 5th in a competitive race, Benny’s Secret’s race was also very competitive but he disappointed me despite it being over a trip short of his best, not sure we quite have him where we want him so will be working on that, McGinty’s Dream was more settled but the lights went out too quickly, I hope he will prove better in handicaps. It was encouraging for Northern racing that of the 14 races at Ayr and Carlisle 11 were won by Northern trained horses, 1 went to Ireland but only two went South despite strong representations from Skelton, Hobbs, Pipe, Tizzard to name but a few and most encouraging of all was the scintillating performance from Seeyouatmidnight who is surely going to prove himself the best horse trained in Scotland for many years.
The ground remains an issue for us, the forecast is stubbornly dry and there is no doubt our horses win more races when it is properly soft, interestingly during last season the RP ran an article on trainers whose strike rate was especially good on heavy, we came out 2nd in the whole of the UK beaten only by the unique Venetia Williams, they also did an article on her this weekend and pointed out that despite having 95 horses in training she hasn’t had a single runner in September or October, now that takes courage…. Anyway, hopefully more runners at Hexham on Friday and Kelso on Saturday.