There were plenty of places at Perth for the team but no winners. However, we had some great runs for the future.
Mr Grumpy (who is the least grumpy horse) ran an improved race to be second, looking much more settled and jumping better. He is now qualified for handicaps, but with a little more maturity he will be capable of winning a novice or maiden hurdle this summer. He is pictured coming in with Derek and Mark.
Deepsand has been a super horse this season and while he cannot quicken on the fast ground he jumped with his usual confidence and came a solid third. He will now have a break and will be back for the heavy ground again in the autumn.
We had a clutch of fourths, with Katalystic running a super race, traveling very easily and hurdling more fluently. He has taken a good twelve months to learn to settle in his races, and this was his best run to date. He will have a break to strengthen and we are looking forward to him over fences in the autumn.
Shine A Diamond looked to be in command two out but just flattered to deceive and his fourth place was another sound effort. He may be better at just slightly shorter but is back to running good races again.
Thorpe will come on for his run and should be spot on next time. He is a talented horse who has a few small issues but who retains ability. Urban Kode was our only horse to run below form, but the race did not pan out for him and he will have a freshen up before his next outing.
Just the one at Aintree tomorrow when Catchthemoonlight steps up in grade in the mares handicap hurdle. This will be her biggest test to date, but she is such a game and consistent mare and deserves her chance. Her owners Dig In Racing are looing forward to their day out at Aintree.