Another splendid day, bright sun with a cooling Easterly breeze; drying conditions lead to fast ground at Perth last night which doesn’t suit many of our horses but a glorious evening’s racing in the setting sun – just what evening summer racing should be all about. Christmas in USA didn’t like the fast ground but still ran respectably enough to finish 5th, he is a nice prospect for the future and will have a well deserved break now, he is for sale to stay in the yard.
Celestino took a while to warm to his jumping but in the end stayed on well to finish 2nd; he remains a maiden who has been placed on his last two starts (hurdles & fences) and under the terms of the partnership heads to Doncaster Sales next week, he is a winner waiting to happen and will give plenty of fun through the summer on his preferred fast ground – I would be delighted to carry on training him for any new owners.
Massini’s Lady didn’t pick up the bit at all, she has ability but the wrong attitude at present, who knows if this will change for a break, Isla Pearl Fisher again ran well for a long way until outpaced and hampered on the home bend, he kept galloping to the line though to finish 5th, it was no surprise that Royal Chatelier refused to let himself down on the ground so he was pulled up but a sporting gesture by Jamie to do the weight in order to have one horse attempt the Balcormo/Perth Bruce Farms Challenge.
Back to Perth today with three runners on what will be the fastest ground any horse from Kinneston has raced on for a while and I fear the course will be hit with a lot of non runners which is a shame as the ground is level and consistent with thick lush grass. We start with Jet Master in the 3.25, Lucy rides and 8 run in what is rightly a very competitive handicap for an excellent prize, unlikely to be won by a 10yo but hopefully he will go well. Then in the 3.55 we run Always Tipsy, Stephen rides and 14 run, he is in good form and has been waiting for better ground so this race ticks a lot of boxes but he still looks high in the weights to me. Finally we will probably run The Bishop in the 4.25, Lucy rides and 11 run, he ran no race the only other time we ran him on good ground at a fast track but he seems in really good form and on balance I think it is worth giving him another try on this surface, Lucy will look after him if he is hating it. And of course it’s Dante Day at York, the best Derby Trial and the impeccably bred Midterm seeks to confirm his position as Derby favourite in what looks like an excellent renewal.