A fine early spring morning, sunny and mild, Amy off to Alnwick with Back on the Road and for the rest of us a day to catch up with the horses and in the office. Our good fortune continued at Ayr yesterday with Little Glenshee and Benny’s Secret winning and the others running with credit. Another Mattie seemed to enjoy reverting to hurdles and ran right back up to his form finishing 3rd behind the two well handicapped joint favourites, Wicklow Lad proved how tough he is by running his best race of the season to finish 3rd a mere two weeks after running in the notoriously gruelling Eider Chase, Jet Master ran well for a long way but didn’t quicken with the others, he stayed on again to finish 6th but he was a little quiet and nervous at the start and I suspect his brutal fall at Kelso in October was still a little fresh in his memory, hopefully we can rebuild his confidence, he was the only one of our runners not to eat up last night.
Obviously thrilled to see Little Glenshee back to her best to win in such convincing fashion, as I said at the time she should never have been at the races on her last run but nevertheless a lot of hard work went in to trying to get her back quickly, most particularly from Catch, Amy and our physio Kim. Delighted also to see our “dark horse” Benny’s Secret start to fulfill his promise, he has been far from straightforward and his win yesterday is a credit to John who rides him every day at home and Kelly who looks after him; let’s not forget Lucy either who has had the patience and strength to settle this horse in his races and was at her very best on both of these winners.
I said this was an important meeting for us and I am relieved it has gone well, it was particularly rewarding for any punters who had kept faith with the yard, the winners being returned at 8-1 and 12-1 and the placed horses returned at 33-1, 40-1, 33-1 and 20-1, oh – and 6-4 – oops (though I suspect the odds reflect how few were the faithful!). The annual pilgrimage beckons tomorrow, what a week awaits, first two days of Cheltenham then hopefully runners at Hexham on Thursday, blog silence until then, Lucy might be at Sedgefield on Tuesday and is booked to ride Scotswell in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, sit back and enjoy what promises to be a great Festival!