Windy today, mild enough for the time of year but swinging to the North so could get colder. A good afternoon at Musselburgh with Ballynanty improving for the step up to 3 miles and winning in convincing fashion despite still being a little novicey over his hurdles, he’s a lovely horse to have in the yard and there could be more to come from him now we have found the key.
Earlier on the card Benny’s Secret returned to form with a very close 2nd, beaten a short head another few yards and he would have won, mustn’t be greedy, good to have him back and now the challenge will be to keep him right. Dance of Fire took little interest in proceedings, I think we need to try something different. On to Ayr tomorrow where we have 5 declared runners on ground that should be soft, we start with two runners in the conditionals hurdle at 12.55, Silk or Scarlet (Ryan Day) and Up Helly Aa King (Lorcan Murtagh), 13 run.
I consider both of these horses well handicapped despite the big weight allocated to Silk or Scarlet, however they both appeared to need their reappearance runs quite badly so I’m not quite sure what to expect tomorrow – just like to see them run decent races this time, they seem in good form at home so fingers crossed.
We are also doubly represented in the 2m chase at 2pm, The Orange Rogue (Lucy) and Titian Boy (Sam Coltherd), 6 run; The Orange Rogue really needs heavy ground which is in short supply and running tomorrow is a bit of a “where else can we go?” situation, just like him to complete a race as he is building up a few letters next to his name and we could do with a number now, not fair really because he’s an honest chap.
Titian Boy is making a quick reappearance back in trip after a tough old race on Saturday, he’s been fine since and has few other options so it’s worth a go in a modest race.
Finally we run the classy Spirit of Kayf in the 3.10, Lucy rides and 7 run, he is top weight and a stayer but needs another race to sharpen him up after two years off so we thought we would take advantage of a small field on soft ground.