A couple of misses over the past few days although there were some solid runs.
At Musselburgh Celtic Flames was given a super ride by Derek, nursed into the race after a few tricky jumps early on, and he had just accelerated to join the leader at the last when he fell; thankfully Celtic only added a few stitches to his veterinary record this time. He looked happier on the better ground and will have more schooling before his next run. Boys On Tour jumped well but was a little flat after four quick runs, coming sixth. He will have a short break before some spring and summer races.
In the Pertemps qualifier Jump For Dough ran a stormer to be fifth, pictured, taking the step up in class well. He is qualified for the final at the Festival but will be unlikely to be high enough in the handicap. There are some nice races at Kelso for him in March and April. Tantamount did not stay the trip and was pulled up; as he can travel so easily in a fast run race he will likely drop back in trip next time. He spent the night in the Edinburgh vet school having a cut cleaned and stitched, but similar to Celtic he has been lucky and a few days will heal him.
The bumper was a speedy affair and Timesawaiting coped well but did not have a turn a foot at the end. He will be useful over hurdles and has an admirable tough attitude. Parker was very green; he has lots of ability but is proving backward, however, he stuck to the task and will have learned plenty.
Today OrionInverness ran at Newcastle, a bonus for him to be racing after abandonments, but he found the deep ground a bit much. His jumping has taken a bit of a battering and it was good to see him have a clear round. He should build on this run and with a clear sail he has races to be won later on this spring.