A cold & frosty few days but all change now as heavy rain driven in on an Easterly wind beckons for the next 24 hours, hmm, doesn’t sound like it will be very nice at Kelso tomorrow but it should suit our three runners who all appear to relish heavy ground.
We start at 2.45 with Clan Legend in what looks like a particularly competitive renewal of “our” race, the Cyril Alexander Memorial Novices Chase. My fault I suppose for encouraging the racecourse to keep upgrading the race but we go there with a horse that I hope still has plenty to offer over fences, whilst we may not see that until he steps up in trip but there are obvious attractions in running tomorrow and we are popping a tongue tie on, 5 run and Brian Hughes rides as he does our other two runners.
The first of those is recent Ayr winner The Orange Rogue in the 4.35, 8 run, he should go well if he takes to the track and it was a difficult call coming here rather than waiting for Newcastle on Tuesday where he is a course & distance winner, he will only line up if the forecast rain turns the ground heavy.
Finally we run McGinty’s Dream in the 5.10, 7 run and although there are a couple of progressive types in the race he should also improve again for the step back up in trip.
On to Alnwick on Sunday if we dry out in time where we hope to run Rossini’s Dancer in the Novice Riders race under Crawford and possibly either Allthekingshorses (Jamie) or Wicklow Lad (Kit) in the Mens Open, it won’t be AKH’s ground and Wicklow’s preferred engagement is the Carlisle Hunter Chase on Thursday but we would be keen to help them avoid a walkover if at all possible as entries are poor for the Open races; this is a shame after so much good sport between the flags so far this season and could possibly have been avoided with better fixture planning.
We had a great day at Musselburgh on Wednesday with Top Cat Henry winning the Hunter Chase in fine style under a well-judged ride from Kit, our ambition for this horse is to take him to the Aintree Foxhunters but having now qualified for the race there is a danger the owner will get cold feet! We will see, delighted to get a win under his belt for now. Later in the afternoon the interrupted training schedule told on Jolie Crickette, she should be much better next time.
For some obscure reason the horses have been running a better over the last fortnight, I’m not sure why, nothing has changed but our last 20 runners or so have run to, or above, my expectations which certainly isn’t always the case and long may it last but it is tough for Lucy being forced to sit on the sidelines. Although we have had very able deputies in the form of Brian, Kit and Grant I do miss her input, back soon I hope.