Breezy with plenty of showers but much milder now, good bit of rain around the country and at last it looks like we will be having plenty of runners. That starts with Ayr tomorrow on ground that is presently good to soft but is likely to ease further over the next 24 hours. First up is Ride the Lightning in the 12.10, 11 run and Lucy rides. He was a decent and progressive horse on the flat but has had a few issues since he last ran so tomorrow is very much about feeling his way back into competitive racing, his preparation hasn’t been straightforward and he will prefer better ground but I love introducing a hurdler at Ayr so we will see how it goes.
Not the Chablis also makes his stable and hurdling debut in the 12.45, he won a bumper in the summer and is a lovely horse to have in the yard, he’s fit and has schooled well and whatever he does tomorrow will improve for better ground and further, 10 run and Lucy rides. We have two runners in the 3rd race at 1.20, Road to Gold (Lucy) and Landecker (Kit) – 11 run.
Road to Gold came back to himself at the end of last season and appears better again now, he’s been ready to run for a while so hopefully is still in good fettle despite many missed engagements, he looks well treated still based on his novice form.
Landecker didn’t run a race at all last time at Kelso so we are bringing him somewhere he’s never raced before and trying a visor back on him, he is also well handicapped if he decides he wants to compete.
Then in the 1.55 my old favourite Buffalo Ballet makes his seasonal reappearance, he’s getting on a bit but has low mileage and we’ve given him a wind op, he’s been runner up over fences more times than I can remember so doesn’t have to find much improvement to win, 11 run and Lucy rides. A short interlude prior to two runners in the 3pm – Up Helly Aa King (Grant) and McGinty’s Dream (Lucy), 16 run.
Despite having not appeared to have achieved much in his career to date Up Helly has to carry top weight in this competitive handicap for the grade, sigh; he’s a big strong horse that will appreciate the track, trip and ground if it softens further so I’d expect him to be thereabouts. I’ve no idea what to expect from McGinty’s Dream after his last run, hopefully the switch back to hurdles and a busier race will see him in a better light, he’s perfectly capable of winning.
Finally Craiganboy runs in the last at 3.30, a small field thank goodness and whilst there will be a short priced favourite he ought to be placed if he stays, answering that question is the prime reason for running, Grant rides and 6 run.
At Musselburgh the race came too soon for Andhaar, Moores Novelty wasn’t sharp enough for a Musselburgh handicap first time out and Ballynanty ran an excellent race to finish 5th beaten 6 lenghts by the winner – the handicapper has him just where he wants him…..