After a week of work where we seemed to be soaking wet each day, we are looking forward to racing tomorrow at Ayr, where it sounds like we are going to be soaked again. At least the horses (and jockeys) are conditioned to it.
We have had plenty of work on the grass over the past week with some good work from Your Place, Red Missile, Looks Like Murt, Calle Malva, Haute Estime, One For Arthur, West End Lady, and Majestic Storm. Scu and the boys and girls have been schooling most days including the juvenile Brodick who is a quick learner and could be ready for her hurdles debut next week at Musselburgh.
No purchases from Tattersalls last week, but we are gearing up for the new Goffs boutique sale at Yorton on 12th November; a similar sale to the Cheltenham sales with plenty of point to pointers and bumper form horses. We loved the store sale there last September and are looking forward to returning to Yorton. There is a partly filled catalogue to view online, click HERE to see it.
Back to this weekend and we have eight horses for Ayr tomorrow, and one for Carlisle on Sunday.
We start at Ayr in an open looking two and a half mile chase with two runners, the novice Book Of Invasions who is having his second chase start on racecourse going that will be new to him. He is a big strong chap and if he handles the heavy going he could be in with a shout. Katalystic has placed form on soft and heavy and he has matured in to a useful handicapper. He will need a career best to win tomorrow but that is not impossible as he has been in good form at home.
Two more in the higher rated two and a half mile chase; Charmix who is back in distance after a fall at Perth, and Well Above Par who runs well fresh and has been ready to run for a few weeks. Both will be fine on the ground.
Saint Leo has some lovely form in France on soft ground and he has his first run for us in the two mile chase. He is already a stable favourite and we are hoping that he can return to that French form.
Faire Part Sivolva is also having his first run for us and had some good form in bumpers and over hurdles down south. He may be going chasing later this season and we will know more about him after tomorrow. Saint Freule won over fences last season but then had a terrible fall here in January. This is a confidence boosting mission for him, in conditions that he loves.
Finally, we are looking forward to the debut of Thunder In Milan, a four year old by Milan. He is from the family of Grand National winner Ballabriggs, so long term we consider him to be a staying chase type. Whatever happens tomorrow, he should have a bright future in time.
On Sunday we have another stamina specialist in Sutton Manor who runs in the Cumberland Chase over an extended three miles. Having been a decent three mile hurdler in his youth (fifth in the 2017 Pertemps Final at the Festival) he has taken time to get back to full fitness after time off. However, he seems well in himself and could outrun his large odds if getting into a good rhythm over the fences.