A quiet day, mild and settled as is the forecast for the next couple of weeks so conditions will dry up fast. And quiet here as well, a chance to catch up in the office and plan the week which starts with a busy day at Ayr tomorrow where we have 8 runners on ground that is soft. Still playing catch up from the bad weather so a couple of doubly represented races which is never ideal but at least we are getting them back out and all our runners tomorrow should be fine on the ground.
We start with two runners in the 2m 4f maiden hurdle at 1.20, Shaka the King (Danny McMeniman) and Etoile d’Ecosse (Grant), both are big, strong, long-striding horses with top pedigrees that should come into their own over fences and three miles but I would like to think they can run well and step up on previous efforts tomorrow – 13 run in what is a decent enough race for the grade.
Gipsy Lee Rose (Brian Hughes runs in the 1.55), she has been in good form recently and appears fresh and well at home, she should go well down in class and trip at a nice galloping track – 10 run.
Silk or Scarlet runs in the 2.30, he also seems in good form and although it’s a while since he has shown anything he has had his excuses so he should go well with everything in his favour tomorrow – 11 run and Bruce rides.
We then have two runners in the 3.40 both of whom finished runner up on their previous start and both of whom should appreciate the 3 miles around here – Arnica (Grant) and Charm Offensive (Brian Hughes) and 13 run.
The enigmatic (problematic?) McGinty’s Dream runs in the 4.40, a course and distance winner that will appreciate the step back up in trip so could put up a bold show, never know quite what to expect with him though – Grant rides and 14 run.
Finally we run Minuit Ciel in what is a relatively valuable mares bumper at 5.10, I don’t think she was suited by Musselburgh last time and she ran a very promising race on her debut at this track so we are hoping she can build on that and run a nice race – Grant rides and 7 run.
Yesterday at Newcastle Cancan ran a tremendous race to finish a close 4th, Nautical Miss is a bit too slow to be a racehorse, Clan Legend ran up to his very best to finish a close 3rd and Fernhill Lad was disappointingly only 8th, missing something with him….