Having had such a marvellous warm summer we have been delighted to see the rain over the past few days. Despite the Perth team's watering system the ground at the racecourse was still sounding ominously firm, but it looks as if the weather gods have helped and we should have safe jumping ground over the next few days.
We have five runners at Perth.
Make It Happen and Hey Listen both run in the amateur rider two mile handicap hurdle. Make It Happen is possibly best over 2m2f but with the prospects of a fast run race the race could be run to suit him. Hey Listen was unhappy on the fast going last time and having had a nice freshen up we are using our lady amateur Ailsa McClung on him to see if a girl's touch can bring him back to form.
Two more in the two and a half mile chase; Boys On Tour bids to emulate his win here in May, while Vinos Choice has been steadily improving since a wind operation in the spring.
Finally, Island Heights has a first run after a break in the three mile handicap hurdle; this looks a tight contest and we are aiming for a solid run to start his late summer and autumn campaign.
Meanwhile, on the yard the pre trainers have completed their steady work and this week are on the main gallop at Arlary. We are excited by our team for the year, including some trusty handicappers from previous years and new talent from both the Irish point to point field, and some young unraced horses swelling the ranks.
Mondays are pole jumping days and today we had a one stride double for the pre trainers to work out. Pictured is the mighty Precious Cargo and Derek; Cargo will be going over hurdles this autumn and has plenty of scope and enthusiasm.
We have had some super work experience riders this year and we have enjoyed having pony racer Tara Stockwell and young rider Ethan Tindall riding out for us for the past few weeks. By encouraging the young kids, and especially those with previous horse knowledge, we are setting up the jockeys and stable staff for the future.