Urban Kode bounced back to form under Thomas at Market Rasen when second over two miles two furlongs. We traveled for the right handed track and good ground and were rewarded with a return to his spring race form with Kody showing his usual determination and enthusiasm. He has been a cracking horse for his owners Peter and Susie Brown, John Baird and Tony Evans and he should have more success to come.
We stayed at home as Jane Gillies brought a group of two dozen retired stewards and their friends for a yard and gallop visit followed by lunch at the Grouse and Claret. It was an honour to show many esteemed horse people the yard and horses and Scu was in his element explaining the way that we train here. He is pictured showing our guests Big River and Derek.
The lorries will be back on the road again tomorrow morning with five going to Hexham to run on soft ground.
We run two nice types in each of the two divisions of the two mile novice hurdle, Grand Morning and Prince Dundee. Grand Morning is by Midnight Legend and a beautiful big chasing type, while Prince Dundee is by Stowaway and has pleased us at home on the gallops. It should be a good starting point for both horses.
We then run our highly regarded Milan six year old Jump For Dough in his first chase. He schooled nicely on Saturday and while we are not sure about the going he has a nice weight for his first chase start. He is for sale and I suppose that we are taking a risk running him, but we believe in his ability and he should make a decent racehorse this season and for the long term. Please contact me for more details, whether before or after the race!
Rivabodiva is back over three miles in the handicap hurdle where she runs without a penalty for her Ayr win. Thomas claims his ten pounds again and while this looks a more competitive race she has been fresh at home.
Finally, we run the mare Haul Us In in the handicap chase. She is stepping up to three miles and wears a pair of cheekpieces to try to focus her early on in the race. Blair retains the ride in this conditional jockeys chase and we think that she has come on for her chase debut last month.