We are very proud of the quality of the riders here and as well as the professional jockeys we have a number of amateur and point to point jockeys working each day on the yards. By using good riders the horses are exercised correctly and we have very few horses who misbehave in their training.
Today four of our staff had rides at the Jedforest point to point; Ailsa McClung, Leanne Williamson, Maisie Sharp and Cameron Wadge, while Beth Clark had her first ride a fortnight ago. They ride a mixture of their own horses who they train themselves at South Kilduff, and our schoolmasters; Chanceiton and Bescot Springs. It is a great way for them to learn more about race riding.
Earlier we had a good work morning with the four year olds cantering on the grass and the older horses working on the woodchip. We also gave the pre racing horses a canter around the fields; they love the change and it is fairly similar to a short morning hunting.
Ayr passed their eight o'clock inspection and our three runners should cope with the forecasted heavy ground.
Grand Morning is still immature but his win last time showed that he has ability and this run will add to his experience.
We have been searching for a staying chase for Moorstown for a couple of months and were delighted when the BHA added this 0-100 to the card as an extra race. Moors sports blinkers for the first time and while they may make him keen early on he should keep his focus in the latter stages.
Rivabodiva is probably better carrying weight in a lower grade and her relationship with ten pound claimer Thomas has been fruitful. She has had a nice time to recover from her last run and has been tanking around the farm over the past few weeks.