Mild again, weather looks settled now for the rest of this month.  An early start, plenty to do and a winner, two seconds and a third from our five runners yesterday – the winner an unlikely one I thought but delighted that Rossini’s Dancer won the Men’s Open at the Buccleuch point-to-point – his 11th win from 79 starts that began on the flat as a 2yo many moons ago.

Marlee Massie

Marlee Massie

The track was on the sharp side for Royal Chatelier but he ran a grand race to be 2nd, over at Ayr Presenting Rose was a little bit keen stepped up in trip but ran on gamely to also finish 2nd having jumped much better.  Bertalus was disappointing but the only time he has failed to see out his race before was on similarly tacky ground at Ayr so we should forgive him that but our runner in the bumper was as pleasing as anything yesterday – although Just Brooke was well beaten she ran with much credit on her first trip away from home, she has not been easy to train and Catch has done a wonderful job with her.  So, Kelso today, ground is soft and it is very possible that Gold Opera will make a quick reappearance in the 2.20 after winning at Ayr on Friday, the drop back in trip isn’t ideal but he won over this distance earlier in the season and with the ground likely to go against him now it is worth a shot in what is an ordinary race for such a good prize.

Lake View Lad

Lake View Lad

The 3.30 is a highly competitive renewal of the Grade 2 Premier Hurdle and I am delighted to be running the progressive Lake View Lad – this is very different from anything he has faced before and time may tell that he is better over further, fingers crossed, Stephen rides and 6 run.  Finally Marlee Massie attempts to complete a four timer in the 4.40; we’ve taken our time with him, he seems in good fettle and he is a course/distance/ground winner this season – but has the handicapper got him in his grip?  We will find out later I hope…..

Mrs A was in charge of the point-to-point team yesterday and chose to celebrate with one of her favourite tipples - a "Hepple GIn" with Elderflower Tonic, yum , yum.  The magnificent trophy for the Men's Open at the Duke of Buccleuch point-to-point was donated by the Duchess of Gloucester and the winners inscribed on it date back to 1949, the names on it read like a history of Northern jump racing  and whilst I have never won it beofre my Father won it in 1971 with one of his best horses, Zebo - I was nine at the time and no doubt incarcerated in some dreadful educational establishment on the edge of Edinburgh but I am really really pleased to be able to  now add the name of Rossini's Dancer to the roll of honour - many thanks to Messrs Turcan, Barber, Dunning and Fletcher for leasing us this horse.

Mrs A was in charge of the point-to-point team yesterday and chose to celebrate with one of her favourite tipples – a “Hepple GIn” with Elderflower Tonic, yum , yum. The magnificent trophy for the Men’s Open at the Duke of Buccleuch point-to-point was donated by the Duchess of Gloucester and the winners inscribed on it date back to 1949, the names on it read like a history of Northern jump racing and whilst I have never won it beofre my Father won it in 1971 with one of his best horses, Zebo – I was nine at the time and no doubt incarcerated in some dreadful educational establishment on the edge of Edinburgh but I am really really pleased to be able to now add the name of Rossini’s Dancer to the roll of honour – many thanks to Messrs Turcan, Barber, Dunning and Fletcher for leasing us this horse.