A very wet few days, at least 60mm of rain and the South of Scotland has been hit very hard, thoughts are with those affected by the floods.  A really exciting weekend ahead for the yard with racecourse, hurdle, chase and seasonal debuts from some promising horses.  We kick off at Musselburgh tomorrow (soft, good to soft places) with course winner Eagle Ridge making his seasonal debut in the 1.30, a good 2nd last time out in the spring he will find this trip on the sharp side, that will be compensated for to an extent by the rain softened ground so hopefully he can run well, I think he’s fit – Danny McMeniman rides and 9 run.

Eagle Ridge

Then in the 3.48 Dubai Days makes his chasing debut, he was progressive over hurdles last season winning three times including at the Ayr Festival in April, he ought to make a better chaser than a hurdler and has schooled well, I suspect he may need further now in order to progress but this is a nice race to start off, Danny McMeniman rides and 6 run.

Dubai Days (Bruce) dead-heating at Ayr in April

Finally Ginger Mail makes his racecourse debut in the 4.23, a Sinndar half brother to the talented Elvis Mail he has plenty of speed though is entitled to be green as he has never left Kinneston – 5 run and Bruce rides.  Small fields at Musselburgh tomorrow which is disappointing for them as they have put up excellent prize money, the races were framed to be run at Ayr but the fixture has had to be moved due to COP26.

Ginger Mail (Holly)

On to Carlisle on Sunday where the ground may well have softened further from the current soft with good to soft places, assuming it hasn’t actually turned heavy Ned Tanner will make his hurdling debut in the 11.50 (early start!) – this is a good race so we won’t be expecting too much first time out but this is horse that should leave his bumper form behind him now he is tacking obstacles – Conor O’Farrell rides and 12 run.

Ned Tanner (Hannah)

Then – after what looks like a compelling card – we run Scalloway Bay in the bumper at 3.40.  He is making his racecourse debut and as a full brother to dual track winner Up Helly Aa King he shouldn’t mind the mud, again he hasn’t been away from home so will probably be green and Sunday is very much a stepping stone – Bruce rides and 10 run.

Scalloway Bay (Mark) & trainer