Three runners tomorrow at Kelso’s twilight meeting with our first, Sweet Holly, in the novice hurdle. She has won twice this season but only carries one penalty because one win was a conditional jockeys race (for which they do not get penalised). She has been very consistent this year and we are hopeful of a good run but this may be the most competitive race she has ran in this year. Jamie keeps the ride and the extra 3lb will help. Master Of Finance runs in the two mile hurdle and bids to go one better then his good second a fortnight ago. We have put a small pair of blinkers back on to help him travel and we hope for a good run, the only downside being the race may come to soon for him. Brian rides. Kick On Dottie has grown physically and mentally for her holiday and we feel she should run a good race. Being a bumper you don’t know what your up against but she will like the course and the ground and Jamie’s extra three pounds off combined with a mares allowance means she has a very low weight.
Master Of Finance ran a cracking race today and we were delighted with him. He failed to give 15lb away to the winner but he travelled, jumped and galloped to the line. We will keep cheekpieces on him for the time being and we will look for another race in about three weeks.
One runner at Sedgefield tomorrow where Master Of Finance reverts to hurdles. His flat run did not go as well as I had hoped but he came out of the race well and it may have put him spot on for tomorrow. Cheekpieces have replaced blinkers as we feel he the blinkers lit him up to much last season. He has a bit of weight and Brian rides.
Ethelwyn didn’t run as well as hoped but she really wants good ground so the rain didn’t help. The cheekpieces were beneficial and perhaps with those on over three miles she would show more.
Finally into September and the “real” jump season is not far away. The summer horses have kept us ticking over nicely and whilst Ethelwyn hasn’t taken to fences as well as we expected she has been in good form in herself and we hope a return to hurdles will bring out the best in her. Cheekpieces have been added as she has settled so much better this season and we feel she needs a little encouragement not to drop herself out! Hopefully, Hexham will not get too much rain as she loves a hard surface.
One runner at York tomorrow with Master Of Finance running in the opening handicap. It is a highly competitive race as you would expect. He all probably come on for the run and it will be interesting to see if having being hurdling re-ignights his interest in flat racing, though it is slightly further then his best trip! Graham Lee rides.
Jamie Hamilton gave Sweet Holly a lovely patient ride in a fast and furious hurdle race at Market Rasen over the weekend and she arrived late to win nicely going away. She will need a break before her next race. Chilly Miss ran a nice race under Brian Hughes at Southwell to finish fourth and we were very pleased with her as it was her first race for more then a year. She will need month and will be out the middle to end of September.
Two runners this weekend. Sweet Holly runs at Market Rasen tomorrow evening and we expect her to run a nice race. The 2m 2f should suit her as she travels well and she is in good form after a little break. Jamie Hamilton rides and takes 3lb off (every little helps!). Chilly Miss returns to the track after just over a year off following a small injury. She has been in a while and brought along slowly and she is in good form and showing her old zest. Hopefully she will run a big race but she may need it. Brian Hughes rides.
One runner at Uttoxeter where Ethelwyn runs in the novice handicap chase. She steps up to three miles for the second time (once over hurdles last year) and it looks like that should suit her. She will need to settle though! She will need to improve to win the race but she could run well providing they do not get too much rain as she prefers a sounder surface.
One runner in the bumper at Southwell tomorrow where Fingareeta bids to go one better then on debut. She seems well in herself at home and will like the forecast good ground. Our only concern is wether she will find Southwell too sharp and the trip to short as her sister won at Hexham (but ran very well at Bangor) and her mother was a 3 miler. Still, we won’t know until we try and regardless of how she runs she will be having holiday after!
Sweet Holly was a little disappointing and we can not decide if we ran her too soon or she didn’t stay the trip. The race she won was a slowly ran affair but here they went a solid gallop and she looked like she failed to get home. We will see what is available and will look to run her in the beginning of August.
Sweet Holly heads to Uttoxeter tomorrow and we are hoping for another good run from her. She seemed to appreciate the step up in trip last time and providing she handles the course she should be thereabouts. We did feel 6lb was a lot to go up in the handicap for her first win but she is in the same grade of race and still has a nice racing weight. The ground would not be a concern unless it turned to soft as her best form is on better ground.
One runner tomorrow night where Ethelwyn steps up in trip. She ran better last time and we hope the extra 2 furlongs brings further improvement. She jumped nicely last time which always helps but was slightly outpaced at times. We would prefer to run her is a slightly lower grade of race but there are not many options about and the ground will suit her.