Brutal weather first lot this morning, cold rain driven in on an icy wind, but it is winter in Scotland so can’t expect much else and the horses seem well. A more ordinary day at Musselburgh on Monday, Landecker ran well but is still too high in the weights, The Bishop didn’t want to know, the wrong track but has questions to answer now. Won’t dwell on that, prefer instead to wallow a little in Sunday’s triumphs and share some photographs, really pleased that Road to Gold won, having dragged his owner round Ireland to look at about 30 point-to-pointers and then buy one we hadn’t seen perhaps left her a little puzzled so delighted that he has worked out.
As for Marlee Massie I have to confess to getting rather over-excited in the closing stages, having been fairly certain he would hate the ground and that having had to wait for his run would have lost his fitness my instructions to Lucy were simple “keep him wide and pull him up when he gets tired”- fortunately he didn’t and in winning by 25l confirmed my much shared opinion that he was the best handicapped horse in the yard.
On we go to Newcastle tomorrow where we have six declared runners starting with Another Mattie (Lucy) in the 12.20, the ground is heavy. Only 4 run and two “Rooney” horses could prove hard to beat however Mattie won well last time and certainly sets the standard.
Marlee Massie makes a quick reappearance in the 1.20, 11 run and Lucy rides, he was fresh and well this morning and has to run really as the handicapper is planning to put him up 17lb for his win on Sunday, time will tell whether that race has left it’s mark.
In the 2.20 we run Clan Legend (Lucy) and again 11 run, the form of his recent Kelso win is working out and I think he will have improved for that but he has a lot more weight to carry. In the 2.50 we are trying a first time visor on Afterclass, Kit rides and 8 run, the ground and trip should be perfect for him but he has questions to answer at this stage.
Finally, and somewhat bizarrely, we run two full brothers in the bumper at 3.20 – the 5yo Been Decided (Kit) takes on the 4yo McGinty’s Dream (Lucy) – hopefully they can progress from their debut’s but this looks a warm enough event, it will be very interesting to see which one finishes in front of the other….
I am sad to report that our conditional Blair Campbell has decided that pursuing a career as a jockey is not for him long term and that he’d better start doing something else before it’s too late, I respect him for that but he’s a talented rider who was just beginning to make his mark so it is a disappointment – he knows the door remains open if he changes his mind!