Looks Like Murt, pictured, was second at Kelso yesterday in a true run two mile novice handicap chase. Having had two non completitions on his card Murt needed to have a clear round to qualify for some later season targets and today was just what we needed. To be fair it is a mile short of his optimum trip so the way that he quickened up is impressive, and I was very pleased with his jumping. He was just nabbed on the line but will have learnt a lot and we can go forward with optimism for this young horse.
Sutton Manor's owners also have plenty to look forward to as he ran a solid race in the two mile six hurdle and will improve greatly for the run. He enjoyed his day and we will school him before his next run to decide if he stays hurdling or goes chasing. Bialco did not have such a good day as having hit a few hurdles he dropped out and was pulled up. He will have better days.
At Doncaster, Aurora Thunder found things all a bit much with heavy ground and the step up in trip, although she tried hard. However after an error and dropping back Tom wisely pulled up and she will have a few easy days to recover.
Today at Sedgefield Charmix jumped well but the sharp track eventually found him out although he stayed on to be fifth. He has really got his jumping together and we should have some fun with him in the next few months.
And so ends a busy and productive week with racing and some efficient pieces of work on the gallops. We have a couple of race meetings next week and an important gallop day on Tuesday with some of our un raced horses.