Cool again today, blustery showers and ground at Perth much softer than anticipated, much huffing and puffing but its been an exceptionally long and wet winter followed by a cold and slow spring so it is what it is and we have five runners on soft/heavy in places today.
Christmas in USA
We start with two runners in the 2.55, Christmas in USA (Grant) and Moores Novelty (Lucy), the former won’t mind the ground, will appreciate the drop back in trip so could go well, the latter needs much better ground but needs to run having been ready for many weeks, 14 run.
Then in the 3.30 we run Fly Rory Fly, stable debut, needs better ground but is another who has been ready to go for a long time and needs a run – Lucy rides and 6 run. Landecker runs in the conditional jockeys staying hurdle at 4.35, Grant rides and 10 run, he has run very well in the last two renewals of this race but again would much prefer better ground, hopefully he will show a little more enthusiasm after a reluctant display at Kelso last time.
Finally we run Craiganboy in the 5.10 – he reverts to hurdles, won’t mind the ground at all but is really back on a confidence booster having hurt himself at Ayr in mid winter. Jolie Crickette and Calivigny are non runners as were only declared in case of mishaps when they ran yesterday which was a very mixed sort of day for the yard.
We were delighted to see Jolie Crickette come back to form to finish a close 5th in the mares hurdle despite the ground/trip/obstacles essentially being against her, hopefully she can have a fruitful spring campaign. Jet Master fell heavily heading out into the 2nd circuit in the feature chase, he had a nasty enough little cut and is understandably stiff and sore but was well looked after by the racecourse vets, ate up and is bright today – all being well he should be fine in a few days.
It was far too soft for Dutch Canyon and Andhaar who finished 8th & 10th in the amateur hurdle, and it was on the soft side for Calivigny who ran OK to finish 4th, rallying well after hitting a flat spot 5 out. Eagle Ridge was a non runner.
Cool and showery, a busy week and we have six runners declared to run at Perth tomorrow where the ground is mainly soft. Eagle Ridge runs in the first race at 1.30, 8 run and Lucy rides, he had a good excuse last time at Haydock and should leave that run behind him.
Jolie Crickette (Alannah)
Jolie Crickette runs in the mares hurdle at 2pm, 9 run and Lucy rides, her last run on heavy should be ignored and I just hope conditions dry out enough for her to show her best tomorrow, she’s well handicapped on her French form but will be seen in a better light over fences in due course.
Jet Master runs in the feature chase at 3.10, Lucy rides and 11 run, he’s reached veteran stage now but was a close 3rd in last year’s stronger renewal of this race so could go well off a 3lb lower mark.
We then have two runners in the Amateur Riders Hurdle at 3.45, Dutch Canyon (Kit) and Andhaar (Crawford); DC was a good 2nd at Musselburgh last time and is one of many of our horses who have been waiting for conditions to dry out, if – and it’s a big if- they have dried up then a repeat of his last run will see him go close, Andhaar has also reached veteran status but is very well treated on his old form and will hopefully run much better than his odds suggest, 12 run.
Finally we run Calivigny in the 4.15, Lucy rides and 6 run, whilst he probably looks the most our of form of the six runners he should bounce back if the ground isn’t tacky, if that’s the case he is well handicapped.
Yesterday at Hexham Top Cat Henry was a bit free in front and paid the price, on this evidence he may even drop back to 2 miles, McGinty’s Dream was just creeping into the race nicely when he blundered badly 4 out unseating Lucy, hopefully he will be back out soon.
Much cooler today, but a south westerly with the odd shower about, typical for the time of year and right now “typical” feels pretty good. A wonderful two day meeting at Ayr, high class competitive racing for excellent money enjoyed by a huge crowd – exactly what it is all about and although most of the money went South at least “Scobie” managed to wrestle one prize for the natives. Our own Benny’s Secret was too free early and whilst he was exactly where I wanted him to be turning for home he found little after his early exertions and finished 10th of 18, a shame he missed his prep race which would have taken the edge off his freshness and although we still don’t really know whether he stays we will drop back in trip next time.
All eyes will no doubt be on the Elliot/Mullins battle at Punchestown this week but we have our own Festival to look forward to and it will also be fiercely competitive with no less than 452 entries from every corner of the British Isles chasing the £290k on offer over the 3 days, we will be doing our best to bring as much of it as possible back to Kinneston in an attempt to break our seasonal prize money record and we have 16 horses with engagements.
Top Cat Henry
More mundane stuff first with two runners at Hexham tomorrow where the ground will be a bit of just about everything, generally good to soft with a few wetter bits, hopefully not too holding and the racing there again looks very competitive for a Monday meeting. We start with Top Cat Henry reverting to hurdles in the 3.20, he hasn’t really run a race since leading over the Chair in last year’s Foxhunters, we nay have frazzled his mind a bit that day so tomorrow’s return is about boosting his confidence, I’m happy that he retains plenty of ability and he will look very well treated if hecan find his mojo again, 11 run and Kit rides.
Then McGinty’s Dream makes a quick reappearance after his peculiar run at Newcastle last week in the 3.50, he’s jumped these Hexham fences better than he has been jumping those at Newcastle, let’s hope he does so again tomorrow – Lucy rides and 14 run.