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!