We have had some good placed efforts at Hexham and Kelso.
At Hexham our hurling debutante Westend Lady ran a super race to be third to the highly thought of Rayna's World and Stainsby Girl, looking dangerous up the hill and on the run in. She has a lot more to learn about racing, but her hurdling and attitude for the first time were exemplary and she should go very close next time with this experience under her belt. She is for sale and is a filly worth investing in.
Our other two runners did not fare so well; A Ladies Milan found the heavy ground too much although he completed, while American Tom found this race coming too soon after Ayr and ran flat.
More thirds at Kelso with Vengeur De Guye trying hard on ground that was on the lively side for him, but once again he brought home prizemoney for his owners Brahms & Liszt. Speak Of The Devil was also third, finding the track rather sharp for him and he will be more at home on galloping tracks such as Ayr, Newcastle and Hexham.
Looks Like Murt was fourth and we are not sure that we have the right trip for him, while Voix D'Eau was not on a going day. Flutterdown ran a solid race in his first handicap hurdle and his fourth place will be improved upon in time.
Today in the mist and rain we cantered our Carlisle runners and a handful who we are going to give a racecourse gallop to tomorrow.
Methodtothemadness is back at her favourite track and returns to two miles which should suit her. The heavy ground is a bit of an unknown although she has form on soft.
Ain't My Fault faces a stiff task in the Graduation Chase, but he is in great form and will run his race.
We are delighted to have Ryalex back on the track; with just one ear he has many fans and it was a tragic day last year when he partially dislocated his hind fetlock at this track. Time, patience, and excellent nursing by Vicky have led to him being sound and in fabulous form at home. No doubt he will improve for this run, but he loves the track and Stephen knows him well. Good luck Ryalex!