Warm and sunny this morning, Perth putting on a little more water and it appears that they will be blessed with good weather for their incredibly popular Ladies Day. Two runners from Kinneston on ground that should be good starting with Dance of Fire (Lucy) in the 2pm; this horse has loads of ability but a mind of his own and we took a step backwards last time but if he reverts to his form of a couple of starts ago he should run very well with conditions to suit (mind you it’s a big “if”), 12 run.
Then in the 3.40 we run Dutch Canyon, Grant rides and 11 run, he ran well last time over fences at Kelso and shouldn’t be far away if he takes to these fences and, most importantly, stays 3 miles which remains a question. Not the greatest evening at Perth yesterday despite the lovely weather and mellow atmosphere; it started on a good note with Just Brooke running a very decent race for the first time in her life to finish 4th at long odds but she gave herself a little cut in a nasty place and had to be transferred to the Royal Dick Equine Hospital for treatment, fingers crossed she should be OK and we are very much hoping to get her back here today.
Clan Chief then didn’t run much of a race in the 2m chase, the jockey gave the run a more optimistic interpretation than the trainer so we will give him another chance and I’ll try one or two radical changes at home to see if we can flick the switch before its too late. Jet Master then ran very well, finished 5th but only beaten 6l by the winner and giving all in front of him plenty of weight and 4-6 years in age – he remains a remarkably consistent and versatile horse who should have another good season ahead of him after a well-earned summer at grass. A damp squib in the Hunter Chase to finish the day with Allthekingshorses being outpaced from flagfall and Rossini’s Dancer showing a wariness indicating that he remembered the nasty injury he incurred there last year, both were pulled up a mile out and may have another spin in a point-to-point soon, that is their forte these days.