Friday, 4 March 2011
We have three runners at Kelso tomorrow and another three at the point-to-point at Alnwick on Sunday, the ground looks like being good to soft at both. Tomorrow Isla Patriot makes his hurdling debut in the 3.05, Peter Buchanan rides, 15 run, he jumps well at home but tomorrow will be all about gaining experience, Twelve Paces makes his stable debut in the 4.50, 14 run, this is a competitive Hunter Chase but this horse is in good form is ready to run and should go well, Northern Flame makes his handicap debut in the 5.25, 14 run and Peter Buchanan rides. Its a step up in trip and I would expect him to improve for that, he should like the ground if it keeps drying up, I just wonder if he has enough experience for this type of race so early in his career, if he copes he should run well. On Sunday Kit rides Commercial Express and Skipping Chapel, Jamie rides Almost Blue, exact targets still to be determined. We sponsor at Kelso tomorrow and it looks like an excellent day's racing - let's hope all goes smoothly.
Back here today things have been busy again with all the horses working on the grass and the all-weather, Minimo, Playing Footsie and Native Coll are scheduled to go to Lucinda's woodchip third lot and we have made four entires for Carlisle next Thursday. We have had a setback with Buffalo Ballet who has an impacted colon and has been transferred to Loch Leven Equine practice so that they can give him copious quantities of intravenous fluids, worrying times but with a fair wind he should be OK in a day or so and he is in the best of hands.