Vengeur De Guye won nicely at Kelso in a race that was run at a brisk gallop. Ex French, and found for us many years ago by Richard Hobson, Vengeur can be relied on to win a race a season and on today's showing he may be able to follow up if continuing in great heart. In the same race, Effet Special was given plenty of time to settle and to organise himself for the fences and he ran on really pleasingly to be third. He suffers from being out of novices but lacking experience and we think that he can continue to build on today's run.
One For Arthur made his seasonal reappearance, at a track that he loves. Taking a little time to get into his stride he jumped much better than last season, being straight at his fences. With the last fences out due to low sun, he found it hard to get into his usual rhythm but we loved the way that he knuckled down to make up ground in the home straight to finish fourth. A satisfactory beginning to his season he will now probably be aimed at the Becher Chase in December.
Earlier Prince Dundee had come a gallant second, just making a few errors along the way, but galloping to the line. His stablemate Katalystic was fifth, running slightly below his Perth form but he can improve again.
Our novice hurdler A Ladies Milan was fifth, outpaced but staying on with a great attitude and determination. Blooriedotcom, unfortunately, fell at the first but was caught safe and sound at the top of the golf course. Pinspot looked a little flat through his race and will have a short break, the same applies to Emissaire who maybe needs more than three weeks between his races. Mon Ami Bob caught his heel but having faded rapidly after a mile his owner has made the wise decision to retire him; he is available for rehoming.
It has been a busy few days and I have missed out on the Carlisle and Cheltenham runners. At Carlisle Buddha Scheme was another who needs more time between runs, Mint Gold ran well for a long way but could only stay on one paced up the hill, and poor Ryalex slowed on the run in and was found to have a hind pastern injury. He will have plenty of time and care to get over it.
At Cheltenham, we had a good time, while Bialco found the going a bit lively he ran a good race until outpaced. Elmono had to wait a few hours until he ran by which time the rain had softened the going too much for him. He bravely completed but will find life easier back on good ground.