Aurora Thunder was a battling second at Ayr this afternoon, showing improved form in her first handicap and losing nothing in defeat. She handled the softer ground and is now hurdling effectively, she looks on the upward curve and is the type of mare that we love; all heart and enthusiasm.
Also at Ayr Timesawaiting ran well for a long way until lack of a recent run took its toll, with Cameron wisely pulling him up when his chance had gone. This horse should improve for the run.
Last Monday Le Frank tried a longer trip at Carlisle but was not as effective as at two miles, his third place was still a credit to him. We had a below par run from Methodtothemadness who was fifth, while Crumbs once again travelled well but cut out a mile from home and he will need a full physical check.
Meanwhile, the weather in Kinross has turned icy, necessitating duvets and extra warming up. The horses continue to thrive and the yard is busy, and we are delighted to welcome two new riders to the team.
Steven Kelly has ridden winners in his native Ireland and has recently been riding out for Tony Martin and Gordon Elliot. Enticed over by Derek, he brings plenty of experience and will be especially helpful with the young horses.
Gregor Walkingshaw is just sixteen but has ridden in the under 18 team in BE105 and is already fitting in well. Both boys will add to the already strong riding team and we look forward to getting a few more two year old store horses back in training over the next few weeks.
Pictured are third lot of the three and two year olds heading out to work this morning; it was pretty chilly. Hector Master (Gregor K), Storm (Patrick), Rambo (Blair), and She's A Steal (Stephen).
We have a busy few days racing coming up with Order Of Thistle at Sedgefield tomorrow then runners at Cheltenham and Newcastle on Friday, and Cheltenham and Wetherby on Saturday, including the seasonal return of Big River. Looking forward to some good quality racing.