Every winner at Perth is special but three winners in a day is even sweeter and the hard work and team spirit of everyone connected with LRR was illustrated on Wednesday with Mint Gold, Celtic Flames and OrionInverness winning.
The novice chaser Mint Gold jumped with confidence against handicappers and galloped away after the last with Vinos Choice in hot pursuit. An improving six year old he should have plenty more days in the sun to come for Susie and Mark Russell who have had him since a store horse. They are pictured in the winners enclosure. Vinos ran a blinder and was more assured jumping than last time; he will have a nice few opportunities at Musselburgh this autumn.
Celtic Flames is ten years old and we look after him carefully as he has had leg issues in the past, but, like his owner Willie Scott, he loves his racing and fully deserved his win. In the same race Methodtothemadness seemed to not stay and will be back over shorter next time.
Our extremely satisfying win was our third; OrionInverness had been out of sorts for a season but the team here have ironed out his issues and his patient owners, the Tay Valley Chasers have their hero back. There was plenty of yard confidence behind his win and if he continues in a similar frame of mind and body he should have a good autumn.
Other noteworthy runs came from our second placed horses; Elmono ran a blinder up in class and we were so proud of our mini chaser as he jumped the last alongside Le Bague Au Roi. Elmono has a huge heart and determination, and should enjoy Musselburgh and Kelso this autumn. Gripper was given a spectacular ride by Derek and although looking reluctant over the first hurdle he warmed to his task and was only denied by one. He has plenty of talent when he enjoys himself.
We had third places too, the juvenile hurdler Red Missile was a little on and off the bridle, but hurdled well and will improve for the experience. Also hurdling, Vengeur De Guye belied his odds to be third staying on in the finish and this run should set him up for a chase next month. Ain't My Fault and Katalystic ran solid races to be third and fourth respectively, the former requiring a drop back in trip and the latter will prefer slower ground and a steadier race pace.
Both Southern Girl and Charmix looked to be going to be placed but jinxed and unseated and fell two out in their races; their day will come. Others who will build on their runs are Signifiant, Spark Of Madness, Mannochmore, Sutton Manor, Mighty Thunder, Mannochmore and Magnum.
Blooriedotcom was a lucky boy as he was struck into from beind and incurred a bad cut to his hind tendon. It will take time to heal but he should be fine later this autumn.
We had one moe runner today at Market Rasen where Fortune's Hiding found the pace rather quick in this higher grade, but jumped round safely to stay on past beaten horses.