Windy today, cold, showers about. A busy weekend with two runners on their way to Wetherby for tomorrow’s fixture and four declared at Kelso on Sunday. Ground at Wetherby is soft and we start off with Benny’s Secret in the 12.40. He has top weight for his chasing debut but should go well if he takes to the bigger obstacles and handles the ground and overnight trip.
His schooling has been good and he will have come on from his run a month ago, 8 run and Lucy rides. Then Marlee Massie makes his long awaited reappearance having strained a ligament in the Highland National at Perth in April 2017, he saves a lot for himself so it is hard to know how fit he is but home safe will be the main objective tomorrow after so long off, 9 run and Lucy rides.
Ground at Kelso is good to soft with soft places, that should be fine for our four runners on what looks like a particularly competitive card with lots of interesting races. Ballynanty is our first runner in the 1.35, I was pleased with his recent handicap debut but feel he needs to come down a little further from a high opening mark, the stiffer track will help, 12 run and Lucy rides.
Jet Master runs in the valuable Veterans Chase at 2.10, 9 run, he won well last time but this is much more competitive and he’s at the other end of the weights now, that will do no harm and ground, course and distance all fine, a low sun and bypassed fences would do no harm, Lucy rides.
Off the Hook then runs in a tough looking mares race at 2.40, Lucy rides and 11 run, she should be fine with another step up in trip and will have come on for her seasonal debut but a career best required to be involved.
Finally we run Silk or Scarlet in the 3.15, another competitive race, he should progress further this season having finished in the runner up slot at Perth in the spring, this is a big ask though for his first run back, 14 run and Lucy rides.