A week has gone past and with it, we have had some really progressive bits of work both by the horses, and getting the yard ready for the winter.
The main group of horses will be ready to run at the end of this month so we are adding some sterner pieces of work and including a gallop on the grass at Kilduff for each horse to see what stage they are at. Bradley has moved the fences back to the winter schooling ground and we jumped a dozen horses mid week.
We are looking forward to some nice novice chasers this year, including Looks Like Murt, Mighty Thunder and Saint Freule who all jumped the chase fences on Tuesday. All three may have a warm up over hurdles to start their season off, but we are delighted with their scope and technique over the chase fences. I think that the new schooling on the carpet gallop has benefitted the novices and they are coming to the grass with confidence and rhythm to their jumping.
We had a good day on Friday when Gemologist ran at Musselburgh on the flat; a couple of pounds out of the handicap was not ideal but she tried hard and was just pipped for second place. She will be great fun for her new owners the Musselburgh Lunch Club through the autumn and winter.
We have had plenty of rain here; most days, however, both Perth and Kelso seem to have had less and are on good ground tomorrow and Tuesday. We love these early meetings and have tried to support them as we can, resulting in eight runners tomorrow at Perth, many who are having their first runs for some time.
Fyfin Patsy is a free going sort who won her point to point last spring and has a tough attitude in her work. She has just two opponents who have more hurdling experience but she will learn plenty herself tomorrow.
Chanceiton has been a star for the yard this summer holding his form. He has been unlucky to be beaten twice and deserves another win. Mixing fences and hurdles has worked well for him, this is a tight race where all four runners could win but he has plenty of determination.
Mighty Thunder will be chasing later this month but he will enjoy this handicap hurdle to blow the cobwebs away and he loves Perth. Pinspot is returning having had a crunching fall five months ago and he has had plenty of jumping since then. A clear round will be a confidence booster, and his tenacity will serve him well in the finish.
Boys On Tour steps up in class again and he will look to make the most of his light weight. He has been back in form at home and will be happier on the good ground tomorrow than the soft that he pulled up on last time.
Touchebyanangel, pictured schooling, has been finding things hard but he has looked to be coming back to himself at home and on the track last time. He has top weight in the two mile handicap hurdle and should run better than his odds will suggest.
Finally, we run two in the bumper where the majority are Irish trained horses. Last King Of Wales was point to pointing in the spring but seemed to not stay the three miles and the trip tomorrow should be more suitable. Flutter Down is a classy type of young horse, however, he was keen last time and we are trying a hood to help him to settle tomorrow. Both horses will be better over hurdles and fences in the future but should show ability tomorrow.