A fine autumn day, colder and settled for now. A special winner at Musselburgh with a yard favourite Eagle Ridge scoring at the track for the fourth time on his seasonal debut.
He has his issues but his honesty overcomes them, Ginger Mail ran a fantastic race on debut to be a close 2nd in the bumper whilst an early mistake put paid to Dubai Days chance but his jumping warmed up through the race and he stayed on strongly at the end into 4th – a step up in trip beckons. At Carlisle on Sunday Ned Tanner ran a race full of promise to be 4th on hurdling debut but Scalloway Bay tired in the testing conditions and was sensibly hacked home by Bruce. We are back to Musselburgh tomorrow with four nice runners on ground that should be good to soft.
First up is Broadway Joe in the 1.20 who attempts a quick follow up to his recent Kelso win, a bit risky but he seems very well and race conditions are ideal having won over course and distance over hurdles – would have a good chance if it doesn’t come too soon, Danny McMeniman rides and 8 run.
Next up is Ultra Violet in the juvenile hurdle at 1.50, he was disappointing on debut but we are just getting to know him and I’d like to think he could run a lot better tomorrow based on his work at home, Conor O’Farrell rides and 7 run.
Wakool makes his seasonal reappearance in the 2.50, he is a likeable and consistent horse that has improved for being stepped up in trip, the form of his latest Perth 3rd worked out well so if luck is on his side he should be involved at the business end of the race – Danny McMeniman rides and 9 run.
Finally we run Gustav’s Dream in the mares bumper at 3.50, I would never have thought of her as a Musselburgh type and like another Mahler we have is hard to get fit, race conditions suit well though and this nicely bred sister to a first time out point-to-point winner will hopefully enjoy an experience that should set her up nicely for going hurdling – 6 run and Bruce rides.