Thursday, 24 February 2011

Busy bees

Whilst I was sad to miss Kit's first winner I was pleased to note the "empties" on our return home, with minimal assistance from his abstemious sister (well, she was riding at Catterick the next day and the "limit" for jockeys whom they regularly test is half that for driving for some obscure reason) there was evidence of a good party.  I think his celebrations were spurred on after meeting his Godfather John C-J for the first time for a few years who happened to be presenting the prizes for the Open Maiden Race at the Dumfriess-shire & Stewartry point-to-point, unfortunately for John he was caught slightly off guard and when introduced to the winning rider he replied "that's funny, I've got a godson called Kit Alexander," "I know" replied Kit, "that's me"  - ouch!
We will be busy at Ayr today with five runners - Daasij makes his debut for the yard & a new partnership (comprising Messrs Liddle, Philipps, Robinson & Stanistreet) in the opener at 2.20, Paul Gallagher rides and the ground will be soft.  We hope this horse might prove to be well-handicapped but I am very uncertain as to whether he will handle the soft ground today, if he does he shouldn't be far away.  In the 2.50 Forcefield runs for the Earley & Macdonald partnership, Lucy rides, this trip might be on the sharp side, he is improving though he is likely to be seen in better light in handicap company.  Seeking Power runs in the 4.30, again Lucy rides, he ran no race last time in the visor but there may have been a few excuses that day and I am hoping for a much better effort.  Noir et Vert runs in the Hunter Chase with brother Jamie on board, only 6 run including the first three from the Men's Open at Lanark last week, he was 2nd then & if he handles the ground should improve for the more galloping track.  Finally Four Fiddlers runs for the Macdonald Earley partnership in the 5.30, Lucy riding, he is improving and the ground should suit but he has a lot to find with the top two in the market.
After that I think I shall need to lie down....

Forcefield at Haydock Park

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