We have just two runners heading to Ayr tomorrow, but both should run well.
Spoils Of War is looking much more confident now that he has sorted out his jumping, and he steps up in grade over his usual three miles. He has been much happier at home now that we have altered his training and he jumps most days with Ailsa, often leading the three year olds or the handicappers or sometimes just on his own.
In the juvenile bumper we run a lovely french bred, Emissaire. Four years ago we bought his half brother Bon Augure, and while he has stayed in training in France he was one of the leading three and four year olds over there, winning a Grade Two chase. When Emissaire came up at the sales we had to buy him and he was broken in by Derek as a two year old. He can be a tense type but has taken his training well and we are hopeful that he can be a top horse for his owners, Alex and Jane Nicol and my brother and sister in law Leonard and Angie. I am sure that he will learn a lot tomorrow as he sets out on his racing career.
Pictured is Thepensionfund this morning stretching out on the grass this morning with Stephen and on the far side, just hidden, Jack Steel and Gemma