No winners but some good runs especially from the seasonal debutantes Shanroe Street and OrionInverness. Shanroe jumped well in the lead and galloped all the way to the line to be passed on the run in by a fast finishing Lochnell. Still, it was a very pleasing first run back and he looks to have the stamina to make a good long distance horse this season. OrionInverness ran a stormer, travelling easily and jumping with gusto until a most unfortunate mistake three out where he over balanced and fell. This was a greatly improved effort from the six year old and he should have a good season on this showing.
Our young horses ran with credit; Ask The Tycoon, pictured, led with enthusiasm, but the combination of the test and a mistake at the last was a bit much and he finished fourth; there will be more days to come from this genuine four year old. Ceegem is getting the hang of things, jumping better and should be more competitive with this run under his belt; he will likely go up in trip next time, while Vertigo found the ground a little testing at this distance in a true run race. Prince Dundee was slow at the first hurdle then found himself further back than planned, but he stayed on at the end. Finally, Run Rocky Run ran better than last time but was weak in the final two furlongs and he will have a short break to strengthen and fill out.
The lorry was back, unloaded and restocked for tomorrow morning when Jaimie and her team are leaving at 5am. We have seven runners.
Rising Marianbard is a strong youngster who will be a chaser in time, and he has his second hurdle start over two and a half miles. He has a good way of going at home and while he will benefit from the experience we think highly of this five year old.
We have two in the novice handicap chase; Celtic Flames won nicely last time and while he will stay further in time we are happy with the two mile trip for now. Where's Tiger makes his chase debut and we love the way that this flat bred schools at home. He is a most enthusiastic gelding and if he takes to chasing he could have a good spring.
Miss Tiggy loved the heavy ground last time and I am sure that she will be fine on this step up in trip. She has been fresh at home so we are hoping for a good run.
Another mare, Catchthemoonlight drops back to two miles and usually I would be mithering about the soft ground. However, she ran so well last time on heavy at Carlisle that I am happy for her to take her chance. The Compellor has been off for a long time but has been working well on the gallops; he may improve for the run but is a strong chap who should be winning this season.
Finally, we run the juvenile Emissaire under a penalty; he is still unfurnished but has thrived since his win last month and his genuine attitude will serve him well in his racing career.