Hexham had good ground and our four runners performed with credit and promise for the future.
Rising Marienbard, pictured, ran an extraordinary race, dropping to the back rank before staying on swiftly up the hill and after the last to be a closing third. On this showing a longer distance will suit and with this run under his belt, he should have a bright autumn.
Also looking towards races in October are Jump For Dough and Misfits. Both ran well for a long way and should be spot on next time. The Banastoir jumped well on his return to fences, but looks harshly handicapped over fences and will need to improve for a step up in distance.
We are ready for Kelso's twilight fixture tomorrow when One For Arthur has the honour of opening the new parade ring. As ever Jonathon Garrett has brought fresh ideas to his track and this should be a big step forward for racegoers and horses alike.
Present Lodger has been leased by the Kelso Low Flyers this season so it is apt that he has his autumn debut here. He should be fine at the trip of two miles five, and as long as some rain arrives the going should be ok.
Make It Happen loves Kelso and has run some great races around here, including when winning here last spring. He has had a busy summer but arrives in good heart following a freshen up round the fields at Kilduff.
Finally, we run the four year old Malinas filly Aurora Thunder. A straightforward athletic girl who shows some nice pace at home; she will learn a lot tomorrow and we are looking forward to seeing her progress this season.