Satisfactory Ayr And Pre Kelso

A satisfactory day at Ayr with the youngsters Blooriedotcom and Aurora Thunder coming fourth and fifth over hurdles and Miss Batten showing that she will be more suited to longer distances and fences in time.

I was most impressed by Bloorie and Aurora Thunder as both jumped well for a first time despite a green mistake each. They will be lovely hurdlers with more experience.

We head off to Kelso tomorrow with four chances.

Buddha Scheme will need soft ground so we are hoping that the rain comes early to ease the going. He is a big horse who will be better for a summer holiday, however, like many of our young horses he has lacked opportunities this winter so is still in training in the hope of a monsoon-like spring.

Ain't My Fault will be fine on good or soft ground and he makes his chase debut in a small field novice handicap chase. He can be a little headstrong but I think that the fences will help him to focus and we are looking forward to his career as a novice chaser.

Arizona Bound should like the step up in distance and if he can get into a nice rhythm he could run a big race at generous odds.

Finally, Rapid Raider makes his bumper debut. A lovely big staying type the form of his point to point win has worked out well and although this track may be on the sharp side any soft ground will suit him.

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    3 jump meetings today (Thurs 9 May) in middle England and not one Irish trained runner yet there will be a pile of entries today for Perth next week . Nothing to do with there horses being 10lb better handicapped with the North is it . Whatever made me think that ? ... The handicap mark for Budda Scheme will be interesting. 1st run Haydock Dec 5 was 11l off Browndodd who got 105 and who couldn’t cope with that in 3 runs . BS was 6 in front of Leopard who got 100 but only got competitive last time off 86 form which was upheld by Leverock Lass who like at Haydock was behind Leopard once again though one would have expected that given how dreadfully handicapped he was . So anyway , Budda Scheme your thinking 95 for that run tops ... Ayr Jan 2,showed little and was behind a 91 horse . Kelso May 8 . Winner Floki was 15l off a 115 horse last time . Wasn’t fluent here yet still won comfortably. Budda Scheme a modest 4th . On that run you’d say the winner only needed to be 100 to win so Knockdura Forbidding Budda Scheme should be 85 82 and 80 . But we are talking about a race in the North here so the winner will probably get 110 , 2nd 106 3rd 103 and 4th 101 those marks being in line with what other North horses have been getting of late . . The worse case scenario should be 95 Haydock , run to 88 tops Ayr and 80 Kelso so in all honesty should be around 89 putting him
    In line with the fore mentioned Leopard who is 86 .... I await with interest to see what handicap marks are given with regards to the Kelso race yesterday . Hugh

    May 09, 2019 @ 9:59am

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