We had a busy day yesterday with the horses working four times up the gallops, and some early signs of some of the horses closing in on race fitness. Photographed is Perth bumper winner Mighty Thunder leading the handicap chaser Voyage A New York, and novice hurdler Star Of Milan first time up the gallops.
Later on, Scu and I were guests of the Grand National sponsor Randox at their polo tournament at Errol Park. It was great to meet up again with the Randox team and interesting to hear about their diagnostics for humans; they are a far reaching company who are very excited by their race and polo sponsorship.
We have six heading to Perth tomorrow, some old favourites and a couple of youngsters with potential.
Hey Listen ran some good races in point to points this spring, and he now starts his hurdling career. While no superstar he is still immature and in time will need three miles. However, we start over two to help him at this early stage and it will be interesting to see how he handles the track.
Miss Joeking has a good each way chance in her novice handicap chase. The track could be on the sharp side as she ran so well at Hexham, but she is in good form at home and as long as the ground is not too soft she should jump well.
The two and a half mile handicap has three from the yard: Two experienced handicappers and a young mare. The game Urban Kode, and the wily Momkinzain both know their way around the track and have been dropping quietly in the handicap. However tomorrow they take on Devito'sgoldengirl who has her first run in handicap company and should enjoy the step up in trip.
Finally we run Boys On Tour, a straightforward point winner who has come to hand at home and will be a nice novice hurdle and chase prospect for Foresight Racing for whom this is their first horse and runner. We wish them, and all of our owners tomorrow, lots of luck.