Another good day racing with a deserved double for the team.
Order Of Thistle has run to a good level over two miles and stepping up to three miles at this sharp track really suited him. Given a peach of a patient ride by Blair he hurdled efficiently and led in the home straight just keeping a game challenger at bay. With this win under his belt he should go on in both novices and handicaps. It was great to have a Scottish winner for Dr Jim and Fitri Hay and with an appropriately named horse.
Blooriedotcom, pictured, has really learnt to settle and hurdle properly and with his hood off he showed an excellent attitude to stretch all the way to the line. A most intelligent youngster he is still learning and will continue to progress. A lovely win for the Mutual Friends; my father, Bill Agnew, Ian Bilsland and Thomas Kendall.
Timesawaiting was running a blinder in the novice chase until blundering three out and being subsequently pulled up. He should be better for this run and may head to Kelso next.
All three bumper horses will have learnt a lot and while they were slow out of the gate they all stayed on up the home straight. We will see how they come out of the race before making further plans for them.
Sadly Sky Khan fell in his hurdle race, while travelling really well. He has fractured his accessory carpal bone and while this will heal I am not sure that he will race again. He has been a tremendous horse for his owners, The Ormello Way, Tina, Tony, Andrew, Willie and my Father, and has taken us to the big Festivals, coming third at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival and being placed at Aintree and Punchestown that year. The fracture will take time and we will look after him with lots of tlc while it does so.
On to Newcastle tomorrow with yard favourite OrionInverness who although slightly out of form recently has looked to be coming back to his best on the gallops. We also run exciting novice chaser Looks Like Murt. He has been pitched into a competitive handicap for his second chase start and will need to step up from his debut win, however he has lots of scope and we think a lot of him at home. Finally, we run Celtic Flame in the handicap hurdle. Dropping back to two miles, he has cheekpieces added and should build on his third place on his comeback from injury at Hexham last month.