Snowing as I write, forecast fine though for racing this afternoon and tomorrow. One declared runner at Musselburgh and four at Kelso but may struggle for a winner, unlike yesterday of course when we would have had lots! Good to soft for Dutch Canyon in the 4.30 today, reverts to hurdles and not sure the trip and track ideal however takes his chance of a very low weight due to lack of other opportunities and will run better than the market suggests as is fine form at home, Grant rides and 11 run.
Dutch Canyon (Catch)
Likely to be heavy at Kelso tomorrow and our first runner is Eagle Ridge in the 1.55, 10 run in what is a decent enough novice hurdle, this is a lovely horse for the future over further on better ground and I still expect a decent enough display in the circumstances – Lucy rides.
We then have two runners in the 3.35, Landecker (Lucy) and Another Mattie (Kit), Landecker has won all his races round Kelso and is up 5lb in a more competitive event over a shorter trip all of which are likely to conspire to stop him winning, he should still give a good account though. Another Mattie has been out of form but this is his time of year, is slipping down the ratings and is further aided by Kit’s 5lb claim, will hopefully run well, 10 run.
Another Mattie (Crawford)
Finally Killer Crow is one of 5 runners in a particularly competitive looking little Hunter Chase, he ran a lot better last time when only just being denied by a decent horse in an Open point-to-point and needs to step forward again tomorrow to be involved but there’s every reason to hope he can do that so fingers crossed.
Killer Crow at Naas a year ago
Whilst I am the first to applaud Kelso for their progressive approach to their programme and pursuit of quality I do think they need more balance in the chases they stage, it’s a bit ridiculous that the course will be complaining about lack of runners in their chases at the same time as the Trainers are complaining because they can’t find races for their chasers! I think I say this every year…