So that’s it, 100 winners since I sent out my first runner at Ayr on 9th Dec 2002, includes point-to-points of course. 11 and a bit years, a long time, but it took nearly 10 years to get 40 on the board so there’s a bit of oomph behind us now,  appropriate that it was at Ayr, that’s where he who is responsible for it all had his last runner,  CJTA senior, January 1992, remember it like it was yesterday, Doubtless, came 2nd at 200-1, we were over the moon, celebrated on the way home with a Solero in a petrol station in East Kilbride, the late Robert Armstrong the 3rd man in the car.  Five weeks later Father had died, we took Doubtless to Kelso a couple of weeks after that, he ran a blinder then keeled over and died on the walkway back to the winners enclosure, bizarrely appropriate really;  popped in to have a word with the old man on the way home, I once suggested to him that I might like to train – he told me not to be ridiculous, I didn’t know the difference between a fetlock and a forelock, he was right, do now, just;  and great that the 100th winner was ridden by CJTA junior, aka Kit.  Anyway – here’s to the next 100, be nice if it doesn’t take another 11 years…

Wicklow Lad

Wicklow Lad

Sorry about that, mr melancholy, great day for the yard today at Ayr and delighted that Wicklow Lad ran out a convincing winner under Kit in the 2m 4f handicap chase, earlier The Orange Rogue gave the 1-10 favourite a good run for his money in the opener then Frankie’s Promise was just touched off on the line to also finish 2nd having not jumped at all well, very frustrating and then in the feature 2m 4f handicap hurdle Makhzoon made it three 2nds for the afternoon, all great stuff but thank goodness for Wicklow!  Our only other runner Marlee Mourinho got a bit stuck in the mud.

Isla Pearl Fisher at Musselburgh

Isla Pearl Fisher at Musselburgh

Musselburgh tomorrow where the ground will be good to soft,  we have six runners starting with Landecker in the opener at 12.40, Brian Harding rides and 12 run, we have come here to find some half decent ground but I think two miles on this type of track will be on the sharp side for him.  Then we run Jet Master in the 2.10, Brian Hughes on board, only 4 runners, he deserves to get his head in front but this looks very tight.  In the 2.40 we run Blackmore who ran well enough over an inadequate trip last time, he should improve but looks to have plenty of weight to me, Joe Colliver rides and 11 run.  We will probably run 2 of the 4 runners (hate doing that) in the 3.10, the Kilmany Cup, Isla Pearl Fisher won this two years ago and should go well so long as the ground isn’t too soft, Peter Buchanan rides, and Rossini’s Dancer has been a star for us this season but is a trifle unpredictable, I think he’ll be fine on the trip and ground, just depends what mood he is in, Kit rides.  Finally Always Tipsy makes his racecourse debut under Kit in the 3.40 (isn’t it dark by then?), 7 run,  he’s a tough little horse with a decent pedigree, not named after his trainer I am sure, maybe the breeder?  Surely not! Perhaps after a grey mare who coincidentally won the race Wicklow Lad won this day last year…..