A fine day to finish the year, quiet and mild but frost looming, no rain about to speak of. Luck continued to be on our side at Kelso on Saturday with two special winners and a good second from our six runners, though felt desperately sorry for our neighbours at Arlary who lost two lovely horses and their amateur jockey Cameron had a particularly horrible fall – all of that thrown into perspective by a dreadful minibus crash involving a party of racegoers from Newtongrange, very sad and all at Kinneston send those involved our heartfelt condolences.
Calivigny was our first winner, improving again when stepped up in trip to follow up his Carlisle win earlier in the month, his wind operation seems to have helped him see out his races and there should be more to come when he has conditions in his favour.
This was followed by a convincing win from Elvis Mail, whilst it’s taken us a while to work him out I’ve always held him in the highest regard and it was wonderful to see it come together, he’s a young horse with plenty of potential so we will continue to take our time with him.
At the end of the day Landecker returned to form to finish 2nd, he’s nicely handicapped now and with some luck could win again this season.
Otherwise Ride the Lightning and Just Brooke ran nice races, Eagle Ridge didn’t appear to stay or perhaps wasn’t as fit as I thought he was…. hmm, all three back out again soon I hope.
Many thanks to Alan Raeburn, Dennis Penny and Grossick Racing for their excellent photographs.
Two runners at Musselburgh’s popular New Year’s Day Meeting tomorrow, ground will be good and we start with veteran Jet Master who reverts to hurdles in the 1.05.
He’s been in great form over fences recently and in some respects I’d rather have he stayed in that sphere but I think a small field strongly run 3 miles could suit him well so it’s worth taking a chance in this valuable contest, 5 run and Lucy rides.
Then Ballynanty runs in the 2.50, 7 run, steps up in trip in a competitive little race, he ran well round here prior to unseating at Kelso subsequently and I’m hoping will improve over further. So, just remains for me to wish all our supporters a peaceful, prosperous and above all healthy 2019, thank you for taking an interest in our funny little world, Happy New Year!