Scu and I were back over in Ireland today at the Castletown Geoghegan point to point. The going was very sticky and as a result there were some tired horses, and a number of weary falls at the last fence. However, we saw a couple who although they did not win, look to have ability and we will follow them over the next few months.
Today's photo is of Hey Listen who we bought for my father last autumn, having been third in his Irish point. He is slowly maturing and won nicely at Kelso's Friar Haugh yesterday. He will now go to the Buccleuch Cup at Kelso a week on Monday.
There is racing at Kelso tomorrow and we have five runners.
Ceegem is taking time to learn about racing, and he is still young in his attitude; he will learn more today and has ability.
Bescot Springs knows plenty about racing and he takes on a tight field of experienced stayers. He is usually better in a lower grade, but has been in excellent form this season so has risen in the ratings. The ground will be fine for him.
The softer the ground the better for Vengeur De Guye who gives Alex his first ride over fences. He ran a super race at Sandown last time and could be value at a bigger price.
Topham Bay ran her best race last time at Hexham. She lacks the experience of the others in the race, but is on the upwards curve and should be fine over the longer trip.
Finally, Tantamount is back from a break. He is better on good ground and would not run if it is too soft. He seems well at home and often runs big races when fresh.