Carlisle was a moderate day: poor Ryalex was running another super race and was disputing the lead when he got low at the third last and lost his balance on landing: he has come home sound and we look forward to getting him in top form for his next run. Prince Dundee made an error early on and took time to get back into the race; he is a lightly raced five year old and looked more confident by the end of the race. Emissaire struggled with his big weight on the ground, while Slainte Mhor is very green and needs more time and experience.
Work continues at the yard with half a dozen of our summer horses having their work increased and some extra work over poles and jumps in the school. Learning about the basics of jumping are Gripper, Blooriedotcom, Tarset Hinny, Flutter Down, Miss Batten and Touchedbyanangel, pictured.
Glenpark left this afternoon for Sandown where he runs in a handicap for the first time. Having only had three runs in his career he lacks the experience of the others but he is a straightforward type and should be suited by the track and underfoot conditions.
At Ayr there should also be soft ground and we have four runners, a mix of novices and handicappers.
Blaydon has been gently improving and he has been much better at home recently, feeling stronger on the gallops. He could sneak in to a place over a trip that will suit him longterm.
Forest Des Aigles is dropping back in trip as he has a prep run for the Topham at Aintree next month. He won here at the start of the season and, having run with credit at Aintree and Cheltenham, he should have a fine chance.
Rivabodiva has not missed a day since her last race, but a lack of races for her on soft ground has meant that she has not been to the track. Even tomorrow she is at her minimum trip but will appreciate the softer ground.
Finally, we run the novice chaser, Well Above Par. He had two excellent runs at Hexham on soft before looking uncomfortable last time. He has had a nice break and plenty of physio since then and we are hoping that he bounces back to form tomorrow.