As the rain fell we knew that conditions would start to suit our runners, and indeed we saw some good efforts.
Forest Des Aigles was progressive last season and although we thought that he would improve for this first run, Patrick had him in good condition at home, and he ran a super race to win by five lengths. A fast run race suited him, and with his powerful jumping, he kept himself in the race, until quickening up in the home straight. He may be at Aintree next at the start of December.
Our other chasers ran well; OrionInverness overcoming his bogey third last to be just denied second in a photo. He has achieved a good level of consistency and should continue to give the Tay Valley Chasers lots of fun. Present Flight was a little outpaced but plugged on to be fifth.
Earlier Chouquette was still keen; despite being dropped in at the start her hurdling is so swift that she jumps her way past the cover of the field. She needs to switch off through her race, but this was a small step forward.
In the bumper we were delighted with our young horse Buddha Scheme who galloped all the way up the straight to be fourth; bumpers are not his game but he has shown enough to excite us for the future.
Our great sadness was to lose dear Rich Coast with a shattered pastern. He was a kind chap who was back on the track after a couple of unrelated issues and we will feel his loss through the yard, especially Gemma who rode him most days.
Now we head to Carlisle where, ground permitting, Grand Morning makes his chase debut; he needs soft going and we will walk the track before confirming that he will run. We also run the three year old Champs Elysees filly, Dance Avenue; a big girl she has been great at home but will gain more experience tomorrow.