We are at the stage in the season that we have lots of schooling going on. With our facilities, we are lucky to be able to school anytime, and indeed we often jump the horses as part of their daily exercise, but in July and August, the pre-trainers have lots of schooling, both in the school and over the fences and hurdles to establish their technique and build their strength. It also gives us a chance to assess which hurdlers will go chasing; pictured is Calle Malva and Blair; although she has only had a handful of runs over hurdles, including a win at Hexham, she will likely be novice chasing this year.
Chasing tomorrow is Elmono who makes his return to the track at Cartmel. A nimble type he loves Musselburgh so should be suited by this tight track, as long as the going does not get too testing.
Meanwhile, Paul McIvor has been busy going through the horses in training catalogue for Goffs on Wednesday. Preceded by two days of stores, the Wednesday is a strange mix of a few stores, some pointers who ran back in the spring, and a few flat horses both raced and unraced. I am sure that bidding will be competitive as purchasers who have been starved of sales day opportunity compete, and if Arqana last week is a guide, the market will hold up. I am not sure if the same will be the case for the stores, but again this is the first sale of the season and there will be orders to fill.