The rain certainly arrived for Miss Batten at Uttoxeter and she ran an improved race to be third in her first novice chase. Her jumping was a highlight and for a five year old leading the way she showed courage and ability. She was outpaced on the home turn, but rallied at the second last just to be outstayed after the last. She will have learned plenty and should improve again for the experience.
We had a busy Saturday with the Perth runners having their final canters and the first batch of pre trainers completing their first full week of trotting; pictured is Sky Khan who may run at Aintree next week, leading Signifiant and A Ladies Milan both of whom were bought at Goffs and have found new owners.
While we have lots of rain at home Perth racecourse seems to have escaped the worst and they are currently good to soft, good in places. The going sounds safe so we are pleased to have seven runners.
Bialco ran with huge credit at the Punchestown Festival and he loves the soft going. He has an able competitior in the winning bumper mare Carrie Des Champs, but we still like our horse's chances. Refer To Rory steps up in trip on this her second hurdle start; she ran a blinder on her debut until the Hexham hill caught her out, and this flat track should suit her. She is a filly who could be even better over fences so it is about experience and finding out her best distance tomorrow.
Voix D'Eau ran better last time, but he really likes quick ground; a big weight will test him, however he looks back on the upgrade. Argentix also runs in the two and a half mile chase, returning from a long break. He has been most enthusiastic at home and we are delighted to have him back on the track; soft ground would be ideal for him.
Royal Reserve, whose prizemoney earned goes to the Doddie Weir, My Name5 Doddie charity, won on good to soft at Newcastle, but we think that he may be better on good. However, he has had a great few months having fun on the gallops and he arrives at Perth in good heart.
Chanceiton is another to be returning from a break and we are looking forward to a good season with him. He won for Thomas last year and while he will be better on fast ground and with this run under his belt, he could be good each way value.
Finally we run the likeable Mannochmore. A chasing type he showed ability on his first bumper, and while this is more competitive he has improved at home in the past six weeks. He will likely head for a well deserved holiday after this run.