Dampish after a little overnight rain, due to turn colder again and we seem to be very busy, hopefully productively so with lots of horses coming on well. A mixed sort of weekend at Ayr and Carlisle, at the former on Saturday Titian Boy completely fluffed his lines blundering at the 2nd jump and coming right down on his haunches, he made a couple of other serious jumping errors and in the circumstances did well to still be involved turning for home but ultimately he paid the price for his exertions and finished very tired.
Seems to have come out of it fine fortunately and we will look to drop down in grade and trip and probably revert to front running tactics, I think he was distracted by the other horses. In the same race The Orange Rogue jumped and travelled well but his career high mark and top weight took it’s toll first time out and he tired from two out, he should improve a lot for the run.
Another Mattie was disappointing on his first two starts last season and whilst he travelled and jumped well for 2m 4f he stopped quickly after that (as did half the field) and Lucy pulled him up preferring to wait for another day, so the highlight was a most pleasing effort from Lake View Lad who finished a close staying on 3rd in what was the highest grade he has run in after a year off, should be plenty more to come from him this winter.
Sunday was Carlisle where we were all pleased with a solid effort from Christmas in USA, he may have only finished 6th but he wasn’t beaten far and ran the whole way to the line which gives us something to build on after losing his way in the spring. No runners at Musselburgh tomorrow, next will be Hexham on Friday followed by Kelso on Saturday. Hats off to Iain Jardine for a splendid 5th in the Melbourne Cup – a magnificent effort and a fantastic achievement, as for Joseph O’Brien – I’m lost for words, either he’s exceptionally talented or very lucky – I think I know the answer to that one! And five of the first six home trained in Ireland and Scotland in possibly the world’s most competitive race – brilliant, Aussies will be smarting, makes up for the rugby!