We have covered the miles with our runners over the past few days and had some pleasing runs and a couple of near misses.
At Kelso the chasers Celtic Flames and The Road Home were both third; Celtic jumping a little to his right and lacking a some fluency over his fences. This will improve with more match practice and he could be happier going right handed at Perth in the spring.
The Road Home travelled much more sweetly and jumped with enthusiasm again so, while he was tapped for toe on the extended run in (with the last two fences omitted), this was a better run than last time.
Also in Celtic's race, Timesawaiting jumped well but his heart is not in racing and he will now find a nice home in another sphere. Unfortunately the same is the case for Mr Toastie who while a brilliant jumper in the novice hurdle, has a breathing issue and it is fairer on him to find another occupation.
Our other novices ran mildly improved races; Flutter Down, Cockle Bay and Missy May will all continue to improve with time and racing.
Bialco did not run to form and may need longer between races.
At Newcastle, Methodtothemadness looked to be very competitive until being passed three out and she will be checked fully to find a reason, this was a disappointing run.
On to Leicester yesterday and Looks Like Murt was running a fabulous race with foot perfect jumping until he snatched the reins over the third fence out unseating Derek. Bitterly disappointing for connections at the time, but Murt is fine and we know that he has lots of talent; there are good races to be won with him.
Finally, today, Ballyare was fourth over five furlongs at Southwell. Having found seven furlongs too far last time this was maybe a little sharp but he is a colt with an excellent attitude and should pay his way on the turf this summer.