A dull and drizzly end to 2014 but much milder and lots of good racing in store to kick off 2015.  Musselburgh’s New Year’s Day fixture has quickly become a highlight of the Northern jumps calendar and their good prize money has been rewarded with a competitive looking card tomorrow which should produce exciting racing in front of what will I am sure be an excellent crowd.  The ground is on the soft side of good with a bit of rain forecast and we start off with Always Tipsy making his handicap debut in the 1pm, Stephen rides and 12 run; the trip, track and ground should suit well – I just think the handicapper has him a bit high in the weights for what he has achieved, he should run well but may find easier opportunities in the future.

Always Tipsy

Always Tipsy

Whybutwhy runs in the 1.35, Kit rides and 9 run, this is a suitably competitive race for a good prize but this American flat bred horse may find his stamina stretched at 2m 4f.  The in the 2.45 we run both Or de Grugy (Blair) and Bertie Milan (Brian Harding) – we had hoped Or de Grugy would have been able to run at Kelso but this is a good alternative as he has won over course and distance, it is a slightly lower grade of race which means he has a big weight, we have countered that by putting Blair on board who will claim 10lb, Blair has plenty of experience in the pointing field and was only just denied on Or De Grugy in the Amateur’s Chase at Kelso two years ago.  Bertie Milan seems to have lost interest in racing since winning the Highland National in the Spring, we are hoping the combination of a visor and better ground may reverse this, both horses appear very well at home.  Lucy is at Catterick where she rides Aristo du Plessis in the 12.30 and Quicuyo in the 2.50.  Happy New Year when it comes!

Or de Grugy - placed 1st or 2nd in 23 of his 65 starts.

Or de Grugy – placed 1st or 2nd in 23 of his 65 starts.