Much cooler today, but a south westerly with the odd shower about, typical for the time of year and right now “typical” feels pretty good. A wonderful two day meeting at Ayr, high class competitive racing for excellent money enjoyed by a huge crowd – exactly what it is all about and although most of the money went South at least “Scobie” managed to wrestle one prize for the natives. Our own Benny’s Secret was too free early and whilst he was exactly where I wanted him to be turning for home he found little after his early exertions and finished 10th of 18, a shame he missed his prep race which would have taken the edge off his freshness and although we still don’t really know whether he stays we will drop back in trip next time.
All eyes will no doubt be on the Elliot/Mullins battle at Punchestown this week but we have our own Festival to look forward to and it will also be fiercely competitive with no less than 452 entries from every corner of the British Isles chasing the £290k on offer over the 3 days, we will be doing our best to bring as much of it as possible back to Kinneston in an attempt to break our seasonal prize money record and we have 16 horses with engagements.
Top Cat Henry
More mundane stuff first with two runners at Hexham tomorrow where the ground will be a bit of just about everything, generally good to soft with a few wetter bits, hopefully not too holding and the racing there again looks very competitive for a Monday meeting. We start with Top Cat Henry reverting to hurdles in the 3.20, he hasn’t really run a race since leading over the Chair in last year’s Foxhunters, we nay have frazzled his mind a bit that day so tomorrow’s return is about boosting his confidence, I’m happy that he retains plenty of ability and he will look very well treated if hecan find his mojo again, 11 run and Kit rides.
Then McGinty’s Dream makes a quick reappearance after his peculiar run at Newcastle last week in the 3.50, he’s jumped these Hexham fences better than he has been jumping those at Newcastle, let’s hope he does so again tomorrow – Lucy rides and 14 run.