Ayr And Hexham Roundup

A busy few days racing as the new season gets under way.

At Hexham the season started quietly for us with Celtic Flames hitting the second last fence badly as he was making his challenging move. His fifth placing does not do him justice, but we will need to build his confidence back up over fences. Rossamilan is similar; he did not take much of a cut at the jumps and we will try him back over hurdles next time. Meanwhile, Saint Freule reverted to unruly ways and refused to settle in his race, being passed, and having no extra at the last.

Things were brighter at Ayr when Bialco ran as well as could be expected on the faster ground to be second in the maiden hurdle to a good type. Bialco has adapted well to our ways of racing and he will be a super horse for heavy ground next autumn. Before then his next race will likely be either the Swedish Grand National or Champion Hurdle. He is pictured looking as handsome as ever, wondering which way Stockholm is.  

Prince Dundee ran a better race, enjoying the ground; his hurdling is still like a chaser but his jump at the last showed that he is getting the hang of things and he should be a nice type in time. Ceegem, however, is looking for an alternative career after showing that he is not in love with racing.

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