Aurora Thunder ran out a brave and gallant winner of the mares handicap hurdle at Ayr on Wednesday, skipping over the hurdles and galloping to the line under Blair. Her win is all the sweeter as she had a few hurdling issues at the start of the autumn but she is back in the groove and should continue to win for Colin and Nicola and Allson Sparkle.
We were delighted with our other mare, Without Conviction who although green, galloped all the way to the line and closed the winner down to a length, coming third on her bumper debut. A filly who has schooled well we may go hurdling next or may try another mares bumper depending on how she comes out of this race. Our thanks to El who drove and led up at Ayr on her own, producing the horses looking fabulous
Jaimie and Steve were at Bangor where Caboy ran a super race to be third; this was his best effort so far in the UK and now that we feel that we have the right distance he should continue to improve. Bialco was running over a trip short of ideal, and though outpaced he stayed on to be fifth and should be sharper next time.
At Carlisle on Monday, we loved the return run of Ryalex who jumped and travelled well for most of the race, until a lack of match practice showed on the run in. It was fabulous to have him back on the track and he is sound this morning so roll on his next run. Ain't My Fault ran as well for a long way in the Graduation Chase, but will be better suited to a return to a left handed track, while Methodtothemadness dropped out from the handicap hurdle and is better than this.
We took five horses to gallop after racing and were delighted with the efforts of Redwing Lass, Songofthelark, Haute Esteem, and Haul Us In. However we were devastated to lose Max Appeal with a heart attack.
The winner of his bumper in March, Max Appeal kept us dreaming through Lockdown of the exciting days to come. Part owned by his breeder and a super group of her friends known as One Team, One Dream, Max had it all; size, movement, and ability to keep up a relentless gallop. Sadly we will never know how good he would have been but cling to the memory of his demolition of the bumper field at Ayr. May he rest in peace and his owners find solace that he died doing what he loved.