They say that you get horses for courses, and that is no better illustrated by Alizee De Janeiro who won her sixth race at Kelso, and her fourth race from five runs there this season. Travelling confidently throughout she challenged at the second last and asserted after the last. As tough as they come in a race, she is a kind and gentle mare at home, and we all admire her immensely, none more so than her owner Debs Thomson.
We have had a hectic few days racing and my apologies for the lack of race previews; Alizee has been our winner but there have been some excellent placed efforts too.
At Musselburgh Dr Hooves and Methodtothemadness are two special young horses to look forward to and both were second, Doc on his hurdle debut, and Methodtothemadness on her second bumper start. Both showed a great attitude and tenacity.
We had three runners in the novice handicap chase, The Road Home was third and looked much more confident, Elmono was fourth over a trip too short, while the hard luck story must be Boys On Tour who was produced for his run at the first in the home straight but got a little low and unseated Stephen.
On a day when Gerry McGladery was keen to win the owners championship, we ran the filly Gemologist in the handicap hurdle where she was third and Present Flight made a bold bid in the handicap chase but could not sustain it and finished fifth. However, Gerry won the championship thanks to a win from Yeats Baby in the three mile handicap hurdle, to much celebration.
Of our others Pinspot has been most lucky to come out of a horrible fall at the last at Sedgefield when looking booked for third; he has a stiff neck which is remarkable considering his neck and pelvis crunching fall.
Today Royal Reserve had no luck in running but showed that big field handicaps hold no fear for him, while it was a similar story at Newbury where Glenpark found a wall of horses in front of him in his juvenile handicap hurdle. He has a small knock on his leg which will not have helped. On his debut for us at Kelso Touchedbyanangel ran with plenty of enthusiasm and verve until losing his pitch three out and Thomas pulled him up when he thought that he had lost his action.