It was fabulous to see Thorpe, pictured, back to winning form at Musselburgh this afternoon, and carrying the famous Rosebury colors of primrose and rose for Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan. Thorpe is probably better known for his summer racing but he loved the going and right handed track and sprinted away from the last to win comfortably. He has been in great form at home recently and Beth who rides him has done a super job bringing him to a peak at the right time.
We were also pleased with the other two runners: Misfits despite looking outpaced for the first circuit, knuckled down to gallop up the home straight and was just denied his first win close to the line. This was a step in the right direction for him and he stayed the three miles well. Tantamount showed all of his old enthusiasm but is now easier to settle and his hurdling was spot on. Looking threatening rounding the home bend he just tired out of it before the last but this run should have him spot on for next time.
We have three going to Ayr tomorrow on what sounds as if it will be very heavy ground. There is an inspection at 8.30am.
Rivabodiva is a small filly but she has stacks of attitude and while she faces good rivals she will be trying hard in the three mile handicap hurdle. Thomas takes off ten pounds with his claim and maybe a light weight will be advantageous in the heavy going.
Le Frank, on the other hand, is a huge horse and while he is still learning his trade he has plenty of ability. He faces an experienced odds-on rival but I would like to think that long term Le Frank will be a highly rated horse for us.
Our bumper horse would probably prefer less of a test but he has been waiting to run for a few weeks now and he needs some racecourse practice before going hurdling. He is related to the classy Arkle winner Tiutchev so will have chasing as a long-term target.