We had our Christmas party last night with the fancy dress theme of Movie Stars; everyone had put so much thought and effort into their costumes and The Grinch, and Shrek were only narrowly beaten by The Joker for the best turned out prize. Thanks to Vikki and David from the Grouse And Claret for giving us such a memorable night, and to the owners who very kindly contributed to the drinks and meal.
Our social time continued this morning with visits from Run Rocky Run's owners John Johnson and Thomas Kendall (Happy birthday Thomas!), Colin and Nicola Drysdale (Mighty Thunder and Aurora Thunder), Kevin Jardine (Jump For Dough) and Mark and Susie Russell. All of the horses cantered and a dozen worked four times up the woodchip including Champagnendiamonds and Blaydon, two young Milans who may run in bumpers in January.
We are delighted to be going to Ayr tomorrow with some nice novice hurdlers and a couple of older horses.
Both Prince Dundee (two miles) and Ask The Tycoon (two and a half miles) have been working well at home and while both will be chasers in time they have a good level of ability and should be able to win novice hurdles on the way. Tomorow we are looking for a step forward from both and the going should suit them.
Our runners in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle will also like the ground. Vertigo needs to bounce back from a below par run last time, while Ceegem has lots of ability if he can knuckle down and focus.
We have two in the three mile chase, both returning to the track after time off and both will improve for this run. Shanroe Street has lots of stamina while OrionInvernes has won over shorter.
Finally, in the bumper, we run Run Rocky Run who should have come on a lot for his debut last time. He will be ridden with more restraint tomorrow and should stay on better at the end.