All winners are special but watching 10yo Or de Grugy bounce back to form to win his fifth race at Kelso for his veteran owner Vere Cochrane was just fantastic, I thought we had him right but you never know until the heat comes on in the race and yesterday he rose to the occasion and received a hero’s welcome from the Kelso crowd who had backed him from 12-1 in to 4-1 second favourite.
Lucy then doubled up in the closing race on the aptly named Caledonia for Jim Goldie. Earlier in the afternoon Jet Master set a scorching pace in the 2m 6f intermediate hurdle and held on bravely to finish 2nd, Rossini’s Dancer was found wanting in the higher grade but our disappointment of the day was Goldtrek who travelled well but found little for pressure, whilst her fitness will improve she is much better than this so we will attempt to find out what is niggling her this week.
I just love having winners at Kelso and the track can only go from strength to strength following the improvements to the layout. They have a longstanding tradition of giving the winning trainer a large sack of carrots which he then has to struggle back to the lorry with, a small penance to pay and after Mrs A’s carrot soup for lunch it will be carrots for all the horses tonight.
Busy morning here schooling in benign conditions; Tipsy Dara, Bertie Milan, Four Fiddlers and Papamoa all going well over the big fences, Makhzoon and Caught in the Act over the baby fences and Issabella Gem and Little Glenshee over hurdles. Entries at Carlisle on Friday and Hexham on Saturday being studied along with the weather forecast!