"Uncle" David presents the bag of carrots to Sue Smith, trainer of the winner of the 21st Cyril Alexander Memorial Race

“Uncle” David presents the bag of carrots to Sue Smith, trainer of the winner of the 21st Cyril Alexander Memorial Race

A splendid day’s racing at Kelso on Saturday on sticky old ground, mixed performances from our runners – Capital Venture put up a great effort to finish 4th after a long lay off, Ocarina didn’t really jump well enough to do himself justice but ran gamely to finish 3rd, Backontheroad didn’t stay the trip on such stamina sapping ground and King Brex had no heart for the job once he started making mistakes, back to hurdles for him.

Kit and "Uncle" Jamie head out to the paddock

Kit and “Uncle” Jamie head out to the paddock

On to Newcastle tomorrow where we have five runners in the first three races, there seems to be a bit of everything in the going description with parts of the course drying up far quicker than others; 15 run in the 2.20,  we run Fleet Fox (Lucy) and The Flaming Matron (James Reveley), two nice young horses that will benefit for the experience.  Then we run Papamoa (Lucy) in the 2.50, 8 run and he has plenty of weight in a competitive looking handicap, depends how he handles the ground really, I think he would prefer it wetter.  In the 3.20 we run Northern Acres (Lucy) and Isla Patriot (Grant Cockburn), 13 run, Northern Acres won at the track last time and if the same horse  turns up he shouldn’t be far away, Isla Patriot has continued to strengthen up through the winter and he might appreciate this drop back in trip.

Backontheroad gives the first fence plenty of daylight - sit tight! (all pics courtesy of Dennis Penny)

Backontheroad gives the first fence plenty of daylight – sit tight! (all pics courtesy of Dennis Penny)