and some you lose, a memorable day’s racing at Kelso yesterday for all sorts of reasons and a tremendous win at 50-1 for Landecker in the opener just getting up to deny the odds on favourite by a nose under a strong late drive from Lucy.

Landecker

Landecker after his win

An hour later the photograph went the other way when for the 2nd year running Or de Grugy came tantalisingly close in the Amateur Riders Handicap Chase, beaten a nose last year and a short head this in some ways it was hard to bear but I was just so pleased that this brave and honest horse ran so well again, it was his 64th race and he has been first or second 23 times, it as his 5th consecutive appearance in this race having started off by winning it in 2010.

Or de Grugy, Kit is the fifth amateur to have the honour of riding him in this race.

Or de Grugy, Kit is the fifth amateur to have the honour of riding him in this race.

Isla Pearl Fisher then had a nice skip round to pick up some decent 3rd place prize money behind Long Run and Knockara Beau and 13yo Noir et Vert ran his usual solid race to be 4th in the Hunter Chase.  Our four runners all looked fantastic and ran to the best of their ability, a great testament to the huge amount of work that is put in by the team back here day in and day out whatever the weather, I raise my hat to them.

Isla Pearl Fisher

Isla Pearl Fisher

I could bang on about so much that was good about NH racing at Kelso yesterday, the place may be a little shabby and under-invested but they have got so much right to keep producing these sorts of unforgettable days and as a result generate decent, knowledgeable crowds full of enthusiasm for the sport that together create a unique and wonderful atmosphere.  No racing for us this weekend and it looks as if Carlisle will be off on Monday so Wetherby on Tuesday looks like next destination then Ayr on Thursday all being well, time to concentrate on the horses here again.

The carrots!

The carrots!

Haven't seen that smile for a while!
Haven’t seen that smile for a while!