Off and Running
The winners count increased again when Snowy Clouds got his long awaited win under rules when taking the two mile Novice Chase at Market Rasen last Saturday. He’s come out of the race well and hopefully fences have been the making of him.
Unfortunately our luck wasn’t in at Carlisle on Thursday as the rain came and did not stop – quite the contrast from the previous week! With our two horses, Rubytwo and Headscarf Lil, in the last and second races meant that the ground had changed to soft and conditions had become a lot more testing than anticipated. We do love “real jumping ground” but only when we’ve sent horses who we know love it too!
Tomorrow (Monday) we see five more horses making their seasonal debut. The ground is good to soft at the moment with a little bit of rain forecast, so hopefully it’ll be nice, safe jumping ground.
First up in the 1:40 Novice Hurdle over two miles we have Maughold Head “I am hoping he will have grown up a lot and benefited from those two runs in the spring.”
2:10 we have Hard Iron who has been disappointing so far in his career, but hoping he improves for handicapping. 2:40 Tfou makes his debut over fences, “A real cruiser at home, I was pleased with the manner in which he finished off his races last year and I think he will improve significantly this season. I haven’t lost faith in him, he stays well with two and a half plus being his trip.”
The initial plan was to have one more run over hurdles but he’s schooled really well over fences and hopefully, like Snowy Clouds, they will be the making of him.
The final race on the card is the 4:25 National Hunt Flat Race in which we are represented by The Kalooki Kid for Eddie Melville and Kenny Haughey. We always have a good clutch of bumper horses and this one is no different, he had a lot of education at home last year and has been for a racecourse gallop. We are 9 winners from 26 runners in bumpers at Ayr over the last five seasons and with Ayr again on Saturday we can’t wait to start seeing all the hard work and patience pay off.
We have had a strong start to the season so far and long may it continue. Entries for the next Ayr meeting will be made tomorrow, so keep an eye on our pages to follow preparations.