Cold & grey, quiet, frost away again and the settled spell continues. Good to soft at Newcastle tomorrow, might ride a little tacky after the frost and we have three runners starting off with Titian Boy in the 1.30, 7 run and Sam Coltherd rides.
2m 4f, Newcastle, good to soft, class 5 – all boxes ticked so hopefully he will run well – he appeared not to stay 3m 2f at Doncaster last time, he had been disappointing prior to that, we are obviously hoping he will find his form again tomorrow. Then Silk or Scarlet has to give weight away to all 11 rivals in the staying handicap hurdle at 2pm, Lucy rides; he finished a good 2nd at Perth in the spring and then disappointed at Kelso in a muddling affair last time, I’m hoping he can leave that behind him with a change of tactics and if he can repeat the Perth run he should be involved.
Finally we run Fly Rory Fly in the feature handicap chase at 2.35, 8 run and Lucy rides, he showed signs that we finally might be getting there with him last time out when 4th over course and distance, he needs to sharpen up his jumping in this better race if he is to be involved.
We plan to be back down the A1 to the West Percy point-to-point on Sunday where we hope to run Rossini’s Dancer (Mhairi) in the Ladies Open and Ted Veale (Kit) in the Mens Open. A first class effort from the team at Ayr on Wednesday to put down frost covers to ensure racing went ahead, it is so important that racecourses do everything they can to keep the show on the road and I’m delighted they were rewarded with an excellent crowd and good competitive racing. No Kinneston winners but a good day nevertheless with Road to Gold bouncing back to form to be 2nd and Craiganboy proving well up to his new mark by filling the same spot against a very well treated rival.
Our two novices Manetti and Not the Chablis didn’t appear to progress much on earlier promise but I was happy enough with their runs in the circumstances, Marlee Massie remains rusty after his layoff but ran all the way to the line – he needs a little help from the handicapper; Left Back took a step forward and looked much more the part when finishing 5th. Arnica also finished 5th in the bumper but was only beaten 5l by the winner, I was delighted with that as he is backward and was tenderly handled, I like the Racing Post analysis – “Arnica caught the eye staying on nicely enough down the home straight.” He is for sale at an extremely reasonable price and can run again in 3 weeks when I would expect plenty of improvement, please do contact me if interested.