A terrific run from Ballyare to win the sprint at Wolverhampton last night; ridden by Paul Mulrennan he took advantage of a break and powered home to win. This was well deserved after two runs where he was blocked in running, and it will give The Bristol Boys some early Christmas cheer.
At Newcastle we were delighted with Hector Master who came through for second place in the juvenile bumper. Very green he quickened well when Stephen got serious with him and his raw talent shone through. He is a lovely youngster to dream of in the future. By Masterstroke he has plenty of scope, and I would be keen to buy more of his progency in time.
The ground was pretty holding and sticky at Newcastle and this did not suit either Ain't My Fault nor Otello Moor. Ain't tried hard but could manage only fourth, while Otello tried to stay on but having lost his place down the back straight it was all a bit too much.
Having had a quiet day at home today we are ready for six runners at Musselburgh tomorrow at our final jumps meeting before Christmas.
Gerry McGladery has three runners; Diamond State is trying a longer trip in the maiden hurdle where he faces two highly rated flat handicappers. Dr Hooves returns to a track that he likes and he has been bright at home having had a freshen up since his Perth runs. Book Of Invasions is still learning over fences but he will like the track and is another to look well on the gallops.
Gerry's colours are also carried by the Musselburgh Lunch Club horse, Gemologist. A genuine mare she was unlucky in the finish last time and will try to make amends tomorrow for her enthusiastic owners.
We also run Izzy's Champion in Dr Hooves' race; he needs to return to last season's form but if he does he could be dangerous at a track that he likes.
In the two mile three handicap hurdle Flutterdown has more ability than he has shown on the track, and as long as there is not too much rain he should be helped by the ground and track. He is still maturing but should be able to take a step forward tomorrow.