Much cooler today and a cold spell awaits. A very mixed day at Perth yesterday; after initial delight at Celestino finally showing some form to finish 3rd of 18 we had Landecker shy at the tapes and take no part and Rossini’s Dancer fall three out when holding every chance and coming back lame on the horse ambulance, time will tell how serious his injury is. Benny’s Secret jumped and travelled well but hit a flat spot at the wrong time and failed to get involved, this was a little disappointing but he goes into the summer with plenty up his sleeve for next season. So not a great day but it improved marginally when the horse I forgot to have one of my rare wagers on at Market Rasen lost the race in the Steward’s Room! Back to Perth today when we look like having five runners on what will be good quick ground. Dutch Canyon gets the ball rolling in the 3.05, another big filed of 17 and Lucy rides, he should run well but might need to further to show his best.
Then Bertie Milan runs in the Highland National at 4.15, the winner of this good prize two years ago we put him away for it after he won at the track in September, he is fresh, fit and well – trained for the race but needs soft ground – great plans of mice and men….. can’t see him being competitive in these conditions but worse things happen I suppose, Lucy rides and 10 run. Luckily I took the precaution of declaring Landecker for today in case of mishap so he will run in the 4.45 along with Andhaar, Stephen will ride him and Grant Cockburn will ride Andhaar, 9 run and I expect both to go well. Finally if it starts raining we will run Just Brooke in the bumper at 5.15, Lucy rides and 9 run, she will hopefully learn a little more today. It will be a special day at Perth today for a variety of reasons but none more so than Peter Buchanan having his last ride in the UK, sadly Frankie’s Promise who he was due to ride for us won’t run due to the ground but he has a cracking chance of going out on a winner for the Crawfords in the bumper. Peter started riding for us when he was a conditional at Howard Johnson’s and aside from riding loads of winners for the yard he has also been a big help here at home over the years with many long cold afternoons spent schooling in the days before we had our own jockeys – I can only wish him the very best for what I am sure will be a successful second career.
So the traditional end of season wind down will then happen at Balcormo tomorrow where we will hopefully run Allthekinghorses, Royal Chatelier and Afterclass who all seem in great form.