Stormy here today, blustery winds and heavy showers. An enjoyable evening last night catching up with the day’s racing; firstly from Ascot, the dying embers of a glorious flat season lit up by the bravest performance from Noble Mission to win the Champion Stakes in similarly deep conditions to his mighty brother Frankel, heartwarming indeed. And then over to Cheltenham, highlighting the excitement of what lies ahead through the winter, maybe we will make it there with a horse or two this time round; it is one of the great things about racing – always something to look forward to, new seasons, new horses, new jockeys, new trainers, new owners – continual change, anticipation and fascination.
A big crowd at Kelso yesterday were treated to a good card of competitive racing and I was delighted with the way all of our horses ran; Another Mattie ran his usual genuine race but once again found one too good, all being well he will go chasing now and probably step up in trip as well, hot on his heals was 40-1 shot Always Tipsy, leaving his bumper form behind him and jumping very well for a horse who had never even seen a hurdle 10 days ago.
Ceilidh struggled for puff 3 out but for once found a second wind and ran on well, this was much better and she can build on this, Isla Pearl Fisher looked to enjoy himself in his pipe opener over the smaller obstacles, he was outpaced by his much younger rivals in the closing stages but stayed on again and he will now revert to chasing. Finally Northern Acres appeared back to his best when finishing 3rd, I suspect he will drop back in trip next time. This week it’s off to Carlisle on Thursday where we have plenty of entries and then perhaps Aintree at the weekend.