Vengeur De Guye was a super winner for his owners Brahms & Liszt, and for his young jockey Thomas who gave Vengeur a well-judged patient ride. Jumping well over the Bangor fences he was produced at the last fence and went away from the others on the run in. Vengeur is admirably consistent and he revels in soft conditions.
At Newcastle OrionInverness was second to the delight of his owners, the Tay Valley Chasers. Borris, as he is known at home is fulfilling his promise of being a game winter chaser for the club, and on this showing will win again.
Big River was yet to be asked a question when getting low at the cross fence and blundering. He returned unscathed to the stables and while this is a small set back he has plenty of time to show his true ability.
Also at Newcastle Dance Avenue showed only a glimmer of ability and does not quite stay two miles; she will have a career change in the next week.
Today at Carlisle the ground was our favoured heavy, and although no winners we have plenty to be happy about.
Kelpies Myth was second in the Northern Lights two mile hurdle final, galloping along in front loving the conditions, and he only gave way on the run in to a much lighter weighted rival. He can still be slicker at a couple of hurdles but has plenty of ability.
Present Flight returned to form with a third place, given a well timed ride by Blair he just wandered on the run in but this was a step in the right direction. He is declared at Musselburgh tomorrow but we will check him in the morning before deciding if he should run or not.
We had two fourth placings; Ain't My Fault stepped up in his debut and may prefer a shorter trip, and Misfits who was just a little weighed down with his ten pound rise in the handicap. Also in the maiden hurdle, Blaydon ran a better race and seems to be understanding a bit more about racing. Mark and Susie Russell's other runner, the admirable Rivabodiva tried hard but was outpaced when the pace lifted and is another who has been put up a lot in the handicap for her last win.
The lorries are home and about to be turned around as we have four runners at Musselburgh tomorrow, maybe five if Flight runs.
Charlie's Lass is from a good family, and has lots of ability, however, she needs to settle in her races. She tries hurdles for the first time and while the trip is possibly a mile too short for her the quicker pace should help her to settle.
Simone seemed to enjoy her chase debut last time and although this track can be on the sharp side for her she looks to have found a good opportunity tomorrow.
Thepensionfund, ridden each day by Scu and with some of his friends as owners, is a big strong type who will need the ground to be on the soft side to run. He will be chasing in the near future but needs a bit more racing experience before then.
Yard favourite, Urban Kode runs in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle and takes on a couple of improving novices. Still, he is battle hardened and knows how to win around this track, especially off a light weight.