|Balwyllo (3rd from left) at Perth last night, notice the rider on the horse on the left, her rein has broken and she is trying in vain to grab it, the horse ran out shortly afterwards - scary!|
Dull and damp today but racing at Perth this evening goes ahead, it will be soft ground and there is the possibility of further heavy rain so fingers crossed nothing extreme arrives. We run two horses that would both prefer better ground but have nowhere else to run; The Paddy Premium runs in the 7pm Ryan Mania rides and 5 run, he has yet to find his form this season but I suspect that is more to do with the ground he has had to run on than his age (12), he certainly shows plenty of zest at home and he won over course and distance last summer, he just might run a little better. Northern Flame runs in his second chase at 8.30, Lucy rides, 7 run and I hope he benefits from the experience. Lucy also rides Adios Saffron in the 6.25, Word of Warning in the 7.30 and Pete in the 7pm if he reappears having run last night. Lucinda supplies 14 of the 42 declared runners at Perth tonight, where would the racecourse be without her? The Perth economy needs it's racecourse, the racecourse needs runners, very few Northern trainers are represented because there isn't a proper schedule of fixtures through the summer, listen up BHA!
Double header yesterday was fun, Goldtrek put up a satisfactory effort as our first flat runner at Ayr, the speedy transfer to Perth worked well and we arrived in the paddock at the perfect time. Balwyllo ran too free, different tactics next time. Pictures from Perth yesterday courtesy of Frank Cornfield, here's one for "the Dregs" - they know who they are........!!!!