Saturday, 24 March 2012


Almost Blue (Jamie) much further from Kelso than I thought, hence another Saturday afternoon largely in the car between two venues, in an eerie silence as I managed to leave my phone at home, not ideal as a trainer with 5 runners but the weather was splendid, as warm a March day as I can remember.  Delighted though that Almost Blue notched his 7th win for Jamie when dead-heating in the Confined Race at Lanark, Commercial Express put in an improved effort in the Mens Open and is hopefully beginning to find his form, Mersey was backed in to favourite in the Maiden but ran flat, I suspect the race came too quickly after his bold effort last week and we are still searching for the key to Flaming Thistle (a new engine perhaps?); the mystery of the day was Four Fiddlers at Kelso, alarmingly easy to back after his good second there three weeks ago he was never travelling and pulled up after a circuit and a half.  This is the first runner of ours for a long time to put up an inexplicably poor effort, it will be interesting to see if anything comes to light.
We are taking a four day skiing break tomorrow, sadly without Lucy who will be here for a bit then riding out in Yorkshire and hopefully racing at Market Rasen and Newcastle where we will hopefully have our next runners, assuming they fix their watering system which I am sure they will....

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