Quiet today after yesterday’s storm, but much colder at night now. A busy week is only getting busier with two runners leaving early for Hexham tomorrow and then six declared for Kelso on Saturday. The ground looks like being on the soft side of good to soft at both venues.
First up tomorrow is Gipsy Lee Rose in the opener at 12:48. She won over this course and distance in April and the form of that race worked out nicely. She should go well again tomorrow providing it doesn’t come too soon after her seasonal debut at Ayr. Bruce Lynn rides and 13 run.
We then run Lacila Blue in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle at 1:23. She was very green in her bumper and it wouldn’t surprise me if she was green again tomorrow, despite having schooled very well at home. Her work has also been excellent so I would like to think she can outrun her long odds. Bruce rides and 13 run.
On to Kelso on Saturday where we start with Gaillimh A Stor in the staying Novice Hurdle at 12:33. He has to give weight all round having won his Novice at Ayr back in March, that looks pretty solid form and whilst tomorrow’s run is very much a prep for going chasing, I would like to think he can run well in what looks like a high class race. Danny McMenamin rides and 7 run.
We then have two runners in the feature chase at 1:43. Up Helly Aa King (Bruce) has a big weight but won a decent Veterans Chase at Doncaster in February and Saturday will hopefully set him up for a good season in these events. Our other runner is Broadway Joe (Danny McMenamin) who progressed nicely last season but will need to improve again this time round. 9 run.
Theme Tune makes his stable debut in the 2:18. He lost his way last season for previous connections and whilst we are very much still on a learning curve with him, we hope we have identified a couple of issues that can see him get his career back on track. Bruce rides and 8 run.
Ned Tanner makes his chasing debut in the 2:53. He has also been handed top weight and will need to improve for the switch to the larger obstacles and step up in trip. He schools well and seems in good heart. Sean Quinlan rides and 6 run.
Finally Carrigeen Kali makes her racecourse debut in the bumper at 3:55. She is a beautifully bred filly with bags of ability and will hopefully learn a lot on Saturday. Bruce rides and 12 run.
Runners so far this week have shown promise for the season ahead. Chanting Hill a good fourth at Sedgefield today, likewise That’s a Given yesterday at Musselburgh. Sanosuke proved rather badly in need of the run when finishing fifth. We may have to stop letting him set his own agenda on the training grounds!