Lovely mild autumn day, rain due in overnight and we are off to Ayr tomorrow where they are staging a competitive looking 8 race card with lots of runners now that the ground has gone soft and that includes six from Kinneston. An early start will be required as we kick off with two runners in the first race at 12.05, Killer Crow (Kit) and Another Mattie (Lucy), 14 run.
Killer Crow reverts to hurdles and should find this easier than the 20 runner handicap chase that he ran in round Cheltenham last time, he hasn’t run over hurdles for two years but his form then was very good though it has to be said he lost his way over in Ireland after that.
Another Mattie also takes a step down in grade and whilst this trip will be sharp enough for him he will find the company easier than that which he has had to become accustomed to, hopefully both will run well but it is a competitive race for the grade.
Then in the 12.35 Manetti makes his stable debut, 10 run and Lucy rides, I think plenty of this winning Irish point-to-pointer who has a pedigree to match his form and physique so I’d like to think he will run well in what I am sure will work out to be a decent maiden hurdle.
In the second division at 1.10 Elvis Mail makes his hurdling debut, Lucy rides and 9 run, ideally we would have started at 2 miles but we’ve been snookered by the weather and he has been ready to go for a few weeks, I regard this horse highly but we won’t ask too much of him in his first hurdle as it’s important he settles and enjoys it.
Craiganboy runs in the 2m handicap chase at 1.40, 8 run and Grant rides, he probably needs a bit further but he is in good order, loves soft ground and could go well in this grade.
Finally we run Off the Hook in an unfortunately competitive looking mares hurdle, she ran very well on all of her 3 starts last season finishing 2nd each time and ought to improve stepped up in trip on her handicap debut – she will certainly need to if she is to be involved at the finish but I am very hopeful that she will prove progressive this season. Yesterday at Carlisle Calivigny ran well to be 3rd in a fast run race, he should improve for the run and all being well will go back to the track for the Northern Lights Final.