Chanceiton was a game winner at Kelso this afternoon under Thomas in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle. Staying very well he enjoyed the good ground and it was super for my father to gain a win under rules at his favourite track. Chance was bought on a handshake at a point to point from Michael Hourigan and Roz Eaton, to run in point to points for my father. Striking up a good relationship with our amateur Cameron Wadge he won three times last spring and was placed in the others winning the Northern Area Young Horse award. He will now continue under rules and may head to Hexham's four mile chase.
We were pleased with Vengeur De Guye's effort on ground that was probably quick enough for him, as he stayed all the way to the line to be fourth in the two mile handicap chase. He retains his zest for racing and should pick up another race this season. Unfortunately Arizona Bound fell at the third, taken aback at the drop landing although he seemed to enjoy himself jumping lose, pictured above.
On Thursday Urban Kode ran a game race to be sixth, not beaten far. He may return to his favoured Musselburgh next time.
While Mark and Vicky went to Kelso, Jaimie headed to Aintree where we have two runners.
Jump For Dough had a good season last time winning twice at Musselburgh. Oddly we have always thought that he is better left handed and having had a comeback run under his belt we are hopeful of a good run tomorrow. His usual pilot, Thomas, rides in this conditional jockeys race.
We run stable newcomer Voix D'Eau in the Old Roan Chase. Having won twice this summer for Harry Fry he seems to love good ground and the trip should be just right for him. It is a step up in class from his last run, but he seems in good spirits.
Finally good luck to The Friary and Struan in the ROR Racing To Hunting Challenge Final at Aintree tomorrow at noon!