No winners at Ayr today for us but some heartening runs for the future. In particular, Katalystic showed improved form to be fourth in the handicap hurdle, coping well with the soft ground and looking ready for a longer trip and fences. Blaydon is still immature and is another who really needs three miles in time.
Both our novice chasers Prince Dundee and Lost Frequency jumped well on their first try over fences and will be over two and a half miles plus next time, while Deepsand loved his return to the track and will be sharper for this run. Crumbs is very much a stayer and while green he was relaxed and coped well with his day.
Ayr Racecourse very kindly let us school three horses round the chase fences after racing, including One For Arthur as he prepares for Haydock. Arthur (Derek), the five year old Effet Special (Stephen) and Bialco (Blair) all jumped a circuit of the track. We were delighted with all three in particular Arthur who attacked the fences with enthusiasm. Roll on some rain and soft ground at Haydock.
The John Grossick photograph shows Effet Special and One For Arthur jumping alongside.