The two days racing, firstly at Hexham then Perth yielded no winners but a couple of places and some interesting runs.
At Hexham, Elmono is turning into a most consistent tough hurdler who always tries his hardest. Despite trying a little too hard and being keen in the first mile, he knuckled down to fight out a close finish, just losing out before the line. He will have a freshen up and if the ground eases at home will be schooled over fences to add another dimension to his next entries.
Chanceiton ran a solid race to be sixth and will have one more run before a summer break, while Misfits paid the price of taking on a keen going competitor, getting on top but then tiring two from home. He is probably due a break and has his best form on soft ground.
On to Perth and another second for the improved Rossamilan, pictured. A regular user of the water treadmill he is moving well at home and loved being in the lead back over hurdles. He should build on this effort and we may keep him to hurdles for his next run. In the same race, Templenaboe was anxious in the parade ring and sweated up. In the race he was never happy and, along with his owners I am not sure that racing is the way forward for him.
Celtic Flames is another to enjoy the switch back to hurdles and he jumped much better, coming a good fourth. His confidence will benefit from this run and we will see where we go next with him.
Finally, Revocation was returning to the track after over five hundred days and was understandably over enthusiastic to start. He is lightly raced and a little lack of experience showed on the final circuit, when, after two successive errors, Derek wisely pulled him up. There are good days to be had with him if he remains sound and with luck and some rain he will be back at the races next month.