We had a pretty good day at Newcastle today with a treble to follow our double there yesterday.
OrionInverness has had an awkward season with many cancellations and for a soft ground horse, he has only had a handful of opportunities to run since October. However, today, given a positive ride from Stephen he gained his second win over fences. A bold jump at the last in the back straight gave him momentum and sent on he stretched clear from the field. His last few jumps were careful but safe and he won galloping on. His win was a great occasion for his owner the Tay Valley Chasers who should have a good summer ahead of them.
Chasseur De Tete is still a big baby but he is gaining valuable experience and, with bold jumping, he gained the upper hand in a close finish. He has plenty more to learn and needs to strengthen again, but he is definitely going the right way and the Skye Larks; Tina and Tony Evans and my father, will have a competent chaser on their hands in the autumn.
Behindthelines carries the banner of the London Scots For Doddie who donate the winnings to the My Name'5 Doddie charity for research into finding a cure for Motor Neuron Disease. He not only added his winning prizemoney to the charity today but also gave his owners and supporters a great thrill; he will be a cracking chaser next year and could be the type for the Eider or the Welsh National.
Moorstown blundered his chance away mid-race but he stayed on at the end to be fourth and this was a better run than last time. He needs this soft ground and seemed happy in his new tongue strap.
So with the amazing strike rate of 47% (Eight wins from seventeen runners), we head to Kelso tomorrow.
We have a few chasers trying to make a comeback to form, in particular Voyage A New York who has run a few good races then on his last three runs has lost it completely. A freshen up on the gallops, some more schooling, time on the water treadmill, and a return to Kelso is our recipe for him and we are looking forward to seeing it that has worked.
Newtown Lad has plenty of ability and again we have been trying some different things with him at home. He takes on Looksnowtlikebrian who is Rivabodiva's half-brother and has been in good form recently. Newtown Lad tries a visor tomorrow as a change from his usual blinkers.
Mumgos Debut drops back to two miles and should enjoy this track. He has been much more settled this season and deserves to get back into the winners enclosure.
Chanceiton has been giving my father and Cameron great fun in point to points this season and he runs in the Buccleuch Cup, a race that was my first win under rules back in 1994 when I trained Gunmetal Boy to win with Michael Dun riding. Chance has every chance tomorrow and takes on the smart looking Diamond Brig who beat him in a point to point a few months ago. We have a handy seven pound pull with Cameron's allowance this time.
Finally, Make It Happen is back at his favourite track and while he is not as good on soft ground as he is on good ground, he will be fine at the trip.