A fine autumn day, horses working well, team in good heart.

Team Kinneston (most of) – a photo for National Racing Staff Week

A low key start to our season proper yesterday, Warriors Story travelled nicely into the race before appearing to blow up 3 out and then being well beaten, could have been fitter I feel but jumped well and plenty of positives to take out of the race.

Fernhill Lad in the autumn sun at Carlisle yesterday

Fernhill Lad ran a nice type of race but then faded into 4th, he remains a puzzle.  On to Kelso tomorrow where we are likely to end up with six runners on ground that will hopefully still be good to soft, albeit with a few good places.

Lewa House (Alannah)

We start off with Lewa House (Bruce) in the 1.34, a stayer in the making but he will be much sharper tomorrow than he was last month at Perth and I’d expect him to run better than his odds suggest, 11 run.

Half Track (Bruce)

Next up is stable debutant Half Track (Brian Hughes) in the 2.09, a lovely son of Fame and Glory he has done nothing wrong since he arrived here, probably want further in time but schools well and this is a nice race to start off in, 11 run.

Gipsy Lee Rose (Lucy)

Gipsy Lee Rose (Brian Hughes) represents us in the 2.44, she ran very well in defeat over course and distance twice last season and the form of those races has worked out well, they were on softer ground so things might happen a little quickly for her tomorrow despite the drop in grade, 12 run.  A break for tea at this stage and a chance to enjoy some good racing as we wait for our runners at the other end of the card starting with Broadway Joe (Henry Brooke) in the 5.04, chasing debut over what will probably prove an inadequate trip, let’s hope for a clear round and maybe some prize money, 13 run.

Broadway Joe (Aimee) – far side

Finally we are doubly represented in the finale at 5.35, Ryedale Racer (Jack Wildman claiming a useful 7lb) and Arnica (Bruce); Ryedale tends to either win or run poorly, never quite sure what to expect but he seems in very good heart – will appreciate the drop in grade and should stay the extended trip.

Ryedale Racer (Grant & Catch)

Arnica is a bit lazy at home making him hard to get fit but he’s done plenty of work, was knocking on the door last season and I think will relish the marathon trip (assuming he is fit, he is a little heavier than I would like him so dangerous assumption) – 10 run.

Arnica (Jamie)

I know it is illogical to be irritated by these odd race times but it makes it hard for a simpleton like me to know whether we are working to 30 minute or 35 minute gaps (seems to be 31 mins between last two races) which does affect what we do in little ways, would be a lot less irritated if the races actually went off at the stated odd time but invariably they don’t, luckily I am surrounded by much brighter people who help the old boy along!  Have a good weekend everyone.

Little Glenshee in the setting sun at Kinneston this evening