On to Kelso with three runners in two races.
Izzy's Champion has been making a few errors over fences so he reverts to hurdles to get his confidence back. He carries a light weight in the two and a half mile handicap and we know that he will stay further than this.
In the two mile chase we have two runers; Vengeur De Guye is just five years younger than his jockey and he loves the Kelso track. He would be better on soft ground but is off a handy mark. Lucky Flight is a headstrong youngster and having showed a nice ability last summer he has been a bit of a handful in his races recently. However, Stephen has been working hard with him and I think he looks much better at home; if he can return to the Perth form he has an excellent chance.
Down at Doncaster we have a runner on trhe first day of the flat turf season with Engles Rock running in the 10 furlong apprentice handicap. This distance may be on the outer limits of her stamina first time out, but it will give us an idea of where she is for the rest of the summer.
Yesterday Aurora Thunder coped admirably with the track to be third, this was a nice return to form for her. In the same race Methodtothemadness was sixth, running on having been held up, and Gemologist tried but the effects of a long season were maybe showing as she could not stay on as usual. Diamoind State was fourth in the two mile Northern Lights final and will now have a break to fully mature. Our only disappointment was Flutterdown who faded coming out of the back straight and finished tired; we will check him fully to find a reason.