Very dull sort of day, misty & drizzly, much brighter down at Alnwick where we ran two of the point-to-pointers; I was delighted with Rossini’s Dancer who took a nice step forward under Mhairi to finish 5th of 12 in a competitive Ladies Open, a shade disappointed with Ted Veale who travelled into the race nicely but didn’t pick up in the closing stages – hard to say he didn’t stay I just think he didn’t want to let himself down at the end of 3 miles on proper good ground, he still finished 4th but will hopefully be seen in better light when we get some rain which I am sure we will!
On to Musselburgh tomorrow where, somewhat remarkably for the time of year, they have been watering to produce good ground. We have 3 runners starting with Benny’s Secret for Brian Castle in the 1.55, 6 run and Lucy rides, he disappointed us last time down at Wetherby and we identified the issue but we won’t really be able to tell whether we have sorted it out until they turn for home tomorrow – I hope so.
Then the Team Kinneston horse Dance of Fire runs in the 2.25, a busy race which might suit him and he doesn’t have to improve much on last month’s reappearance to be involved, 13 run and Lucy rides. Ballynanty makes a quick reappearance in the 3pm for Judy Douglas Miller and Ken McGarrity, he ran well last week and steps up again in trip to 3m, if he stays and the race doesn’t come too soon then I’d like to think he can run a big race – two big “ifs” though!
Lucy rides and 7 run. At Newcastle our two runners ran sort of rather as I expected them to, Titian Boy travelled and jumped well but was hampered twice in the closing stages, he wouldn’t have won but may have been 2nd, ended up 5th. Fly Rory Fly ran a very similar race to the last time at Newcastle to be 4th, his jumping continues to let him down. Silk or Scarlet was withdrawn on account of the ground turning to good and will hopefully run at Ayr on Tuesday.