A change in the weather this afternoon, cooler with showers after a glorious few days and delighted to get off the mark for the new season with a winner at Ayr yesterday; Final Reminder staying on strongly to win in good style and reward her owner Brian Castle’s patience – with luck she can go on from here.
Final Reminder at the last yesterday
Our other two runners were withdrawn on account of the drying ground and Kelso tomorrow is our next focus where I am hoping a proactive watering policy will have ensured good safe ground.
Always Tipsy (right)
Always Tipsy bids to follow up over course and distance in the 2.35, Lucy rides and 8 run, this is a step up in class and the ground will be very different; he handles good ground and goes there in good form but the question is whether this will prove enough of a test of stamina in the conditions- hope so!
Benny’s Secret then runs in the 3.10, Lucy rides and 11 run, he won twice on good ground here late last year and whilst this is competitive enough it should be a lot easier than the big field handicap he ran in at Ayr’s SGN meeting, he was bit fresh and free that day and should run better tomorrow if he relaxes in the early stages. After that we have a few entries for Hexham on Saturday then a lot of horses pencilled in for Perth’s two day meeting next week – let’s hope weather and watering combine to produce ground that we can race on safely.
The power of nature- this field had horses on it all winter and to be honest looked awful 2 weeks ago, looks great again already as it is rolled this morning
Lovely warm late spring day, nature bursting into life and the National Hunt break flew past in a flash… what has changed is the ground; I suspect Hexham broke the record in going from “waterlogged in places” to “watering” in the space of 10 days – the trick now is not to allow frustration to get the better of one and end up running on ground that is too firm. It’s very difficult after months and months of heavy and it would have been helpful to have had a month or two of “nice” ground rather than going straight from one extreme to the other.
Final Reminder – she’s coming to herself now – at last!
The prospect of ground being just on the easy side of good is what has attracted 80 runners to Ayr for their additional fixture tomorrow and no less than 18 were eliminated from the opening race in which we have one of the field of 20. Final Reminder at 2.10, been waiting since before Christmas and if she hasn’t gone over the top she should run very well indeed despite the large field – 20 run and Grant rides as Lucy has been given a brief “holiday” by the Stewards at Kelso.
Left Back – struck up a fine relationship with Crawford who will now apply for his conditional’s licence.
Assuming the ground not too firm we then run Left Back in the 5.05, he’s been going well in points but needs one more run over hurdles before he goes chasing in the autumn, 7 run and Grant rides; likewise for Gold Opera in the 5.40 – he won well last time and this race looks ideal for him though the ground is a big question. A brief wrap-up from the last two days of the old season – seconditis prevailed with Silk or Scarlet, Thomond and Frankies Promise all running really well to fill that slot.
Left Back & Rossini’s Dancer were both 3rd and Allthekingshorses 4th. Ground too quick for Royal Chatelier, Koala Keel took a heavy fall at the last when looking sure to be involved at long odds – mercifully she is fine and Accost ran her heart out to finish about 8th in the bumper – she lacks scope, moves badly and her breathing is terrible but she makes up for it with courage so we may well persevere….. enjoy the weather – barbecue time, you have to grab your chance in Scotland!
The Corinthian JFA on Allthekinghorses at Balcormo last week – 66 combined age and improving!
Bright this morning, cool but another drying sort of day and back up to Perth where we have 3 runners on ground that will be pretty well good to soft by this afternoon.
First off is Koala Keel in the 1.30, Grant rides and 8 run, she’ll appreciate the drying conditions and should run well though could find the trip a little on the sharp side. Then we run Silk or Scarlet in the 4.15, Lucy rides and 11 run, he will appreciate the step up in trip on better ground, have an inkling that he is better left handed but he should run well.
Silk or Scarlet
Last of all Accost is declared to run in the concluding bumper at 5.15, I will have a very close look at the going as she really wants good ground, her dainty little feet won’t cope with any soft patches so we may end up waiting. Then it will be off to the traditional seasonal finale at Balcormo tomorrow where we plan to have six runners for four different riders from the yard – Thomond (Kit), Left Back & Frankie’s Promise (Crawford), Rossini’s Dancer (Kim), Allthekingshorses & Royal Chatelier (Jamie) – will be plenty of fun and entertainment so do come along but wrap up well!