We were so delighted with Make It Happen's return to the track, and his second place. Poor Mac has had a number of issues, including colic surgery, a wind operation and a number of soundness issues, and his two owners Gordon Wright and Jeremy Mitchell have shown patience, understanding and care for their horse. Both Mac and his owners deserve to have more success and two and a half miles back at Kelso may be the key to him. The team is pictured looking joyous in the winners' enclosure.
In the same race, we were really pleased with Topham Bay who rallied having been out paced to be sixth. Her jumping was better after some work in the school with Blair, and she coped with the step up to handicap company. She will probably return to Kelso for a longer race.
This Kelso meeting comes early for the winter horses but we were satisfied with the performances of our other runners who will all improve for the outing: Celtic Flames has a bit of class and while he needs to settle his fourth place was solid. Voyage A New York was also fourth, jumping well and he and Vengeur De Guye will be better on winter soft ground.
We traveled to Kelso expecting to take some of the horses out due to the good ground, but Brian and his groundstaff team have worked hard on the going and it was top class. It bodes well for the rest of the season at Kelso and we look forward to supporting them further.