A wet old week and the ground is turning our way at the right time as most of the horses are ready to run.  We are not alone as there are 82 runners at Kelso tomorrow for what looks like an excellent card with some proper competitive racing and we have four runners, the ground is currently good to soft with good places.

Tangiers (Jesika)

A low profile start with two nice nicely bred young fillies making their hurdling debuts in the maiden hurdle at 1.40; in due course they should both prove much better than their bumper form suggests but at this stage it will be about education and doing our utmost to ensure they have a positive experience – they are Melchoir (Bruce) and Tangiers (Danny McMeniman) – 14 run.

Melchoir (Debbie)

We then run Ultra Violet in the 3.23, Conor O’Farrell rides and 9 run, he’s a funny sort of horse that we spent much of last season trying to work out.  Having won his last two flat starts in France last year he certainly has more ability than he has shown to date over hurdles, I’m not sure we quite have it all worked out yet but he should rate higher in due course and I would still like to think he can run a nice race tomorrow.

Ultra Violet

Finally we run Travail d’Orfevre in the 4.35, he won his bumper nicely prior to taking a few runs to find his way over hurdles, he finished up with a nice win here at Kelso in the spring and could be good enough to defy this big weight on his chasing debut – Bruce rides and 10 run.

Travail d’Orfevre (Bruce)

Hugely looking forward to be being back on the racecourse with runners, we haven’t had a runner for over five months which is unprecedented (don’t think we have ever been two months without a runner). It may not happen again but it has been a period of transition here with lots of new horses and a refreshed team of staff.  I couldn’t be much happier with how the horses’ preparation has gone; whilst they will improve for a bit of match fitness they have done plenty of work and seem fit and healthy enough to run with credit, the proof however will be in the running and we will have a much better idea of where we stand in 10 days time by which time we should have had 18 or so runners… fingers crossed!