Both Katalystic and Mighty Thunder won at Perth this afternoon, and we had some excellent runs too from the others.
Mighty Thunder, pictured, was unlucky to slip on the flat last time but he made no such error today when galloping home in the three mile hurdle. He seems to be at home on the softer ground and jumped really well, making Nicola and Colin his owners consider putting chasing on hold and to stay hurdling for a while longer.
Katalystic put up a bold show from the front to make all in the two and a half mile chase; he is as good, if not better, over further, but with the ground making it a true test it was a fine trip for now. Under Stephen's guidance, Katalystic has changed his youthful errant ways and looks a consistent novice chaser. He should continue to progress. With this win Thomas lost his seven pound claim although he still rides with it for a few days.
Earlier we had run two mares in the novice hurdle; Methodtothemadness had a good confidence giving first run to be third, while Fyfin Patsy may have found the race coming a bit soon after her debut but will have a few weeks now before another run.
We had quite a number making their seasonal debut; in the two mile chase Le Frank was also third galloping to the line while in the same race Thepensionfund showed definite promise when fifth, rusty to start but jumping better as the race went on.
Rivabodiva ran well in Mighty's race, flattering to deceive on the home bend, but this run will be built on next time. The same can be said for Elmono who was way too keen and paid the price in the home straight; there will be other days for him.
In the final hurdle race, both Touchebyanangel and Glenpark found the extra distance a little far on the soft ground. Both will drop back next time but showed plenty of promise today; Touchedbyanangel gaining the 'Eyecatcher Of The Day' award from the Racing Post.
So, another eleven runners tomorrow a mix of summer jumpers and seasonal debutantes and hopefully they will all show the same promise as those today. It is a mighty effort from everyone here to produce so many fit and shining runners for the yard and it was very pleasing to see many of our home staff coming racing today, helping and leading up.
Perth's Glorious Finale meeting over two days has always been a special event for us as it was where I had my first runner in 1995; dear Fiveleigh Builds won for his rookie trainer who in those days did not know how the handicapping system worked, nor that she would end up in the position that she is today, surrounded by a top team of staff, owners and horses. The enthusiasm is the same now as it was then, but the ambition is keener. Here is to tomorrow and the rest of the season.