Cool this morning, dry still and due to brighten up so should be perfect for the traditional end of season party at our local point-to-point at Balcormo, we hope to have three runners – Rossini’s Dancer, Royal Chatelier and Allthekingshorses on ground that has been well watered to produce a good, safe jumping surface.
Great plans went well astray when Top Cat Henry pulled up in the John Dudgeon Cup, disappointing but he was nervous and rushing into his fences prior to hanging left, he has run disappointingly after Aintree in the past and I’m guessing that had left a mark mentally as he was perfectly sound post race, so long as nothing comes to light in the next few days expect to see him out again soon.
Earlier in the afternoon Final Reminder ran considerably better over a trip well short of her optimum, she hurdled well on the better ground and should be able to build on this, Marlee Massie finished 8th in the Highland National on his first start out of novice company, he didn’t appear to travel especially well on the better ground at a sharp track and I’m not sure he stayed the extreme trip either, he’s had another good season and all being well will start off next season as an attractively handicapped second season chaser though we’ll see how he is before deciding whether to turn him away now as he seemed full of bounce coming off the lorry last night despite his exertions.
The jockeys come out for to pay their respects to the senior man of the Northern weighing room – Brian Harding
Whilst the performances of our horses were a bit mixed it felt to me like a very successful Perth Festival with good crowds enjoying competitive racing with lots of very exciting finishes, an emotional farewell to Brian Harding and a poignant Hunter Chase adding to the sense of occasion; I was in the weighing room after racing when the senior valet Charlo poured a bucket of cold water over Brian Harding and was amused by how entertaining the jockeys seem to find it that half the bucket landed in Brian Hughes shoes and socks, it was then even more amusing to see how anxious Charlo seemed to be to rectify the situation before Brian came out of the shower, happy days!