A fine day, mild and sunny and a useful morning on the gallops working horses ahead of a busy spell on the racecourse. That starts with six runners at Kelso tomorrow where the ground is on the soft side of good, remarkable for the time of year and we start with two runners in the first race at 11.45.
Eagle Ridge (Lucy) runs for Ken McGarrity and should improve for the step up in trip on better ground than he was racing on last winter, he has been off since March and has a bit to find with four of the opposition but should hopefully run with credit.
Just Brooke (Grant) runs for the Bissetts and has a 591 day lay off to overcome, she’s been working well but is entitled to come on for this run, 12 run.
Then in the 12.15 recent Carlisle winner Calivigny runs for the Hodges, Lucy rides and 7 run; this is a step up in trip for him but he stayed on strongly at the end of 2m 4f on heavy ground at Carlisle and he ought to stay on this ground which will be much more suitable, he has a handy weight but faces a few in form rivals. A pause then before we have two runners in the 2pm, Elvis Mail (Lucy) for The Ladies Who and Ride the Lightning (Grant) for Harry Turcan and Simon Dunning.
Elvis ought to run a decent race if the ground is soft enough for him; he has a good turn of foot, the trick will be teaching him to apply it at the right time in the race, dropping back in trip to 2m should help.
Ride The Lightning is much better than his run on unsuitable heavy at Ayr suggests but is still likely to come on for the experience hurdling wise, 14 run.
Finally course specialist Landecker runs for the Hodges in the 3.10, Kit rides and 8 run, he sulked here last time but ran much better at Ayr after that, he is well handicapped now but things may just happen a bit quickly here for him on this ground.
A wonderful result for the yard on Boxing Day with Lake View Lad winning the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby for Trevor Hemmings; our first Graded race winner and our highest rated winner; I was uncomfortable going into the race as the ground wasn’t soft enough for him and he was 9kg heavier than when he won the Rehearsal Chase on 1st December, I needn’t have worried as he overcame those concerns in fine style with an immaculate top class round of jumping, he is a very talented and honest horse that we are very lucky to have, should strip a bit fitter next time…….