We had a couple of third places and a fourth place at Ayr and it looks as if the horses are running well again.
Le Frank has plenty of scope and while he was keen to start with he soon settled in front and jumped well. He was just a little weak in the closing stages but this was a great second run over hurdles and we are biding our time until he is strong enough to go chasing.
Rivabodiva has a great attitude and she bravely tried to make all in the three mile hurdle. She was caught out after the second last though and her fourth place is credit to her game attitude.
Thepensionfund was very professional throughout and just did not quite stay the trip. He will most likey go over hurdles now, where the jumping should help his stamina. He is pictured in the parade ring.
The lorries will be loaded and back over the Forth Bridge in the morning on the way to Musselburgh.
We have two in the novice hurdle, never an ideal situation but with cancellations, we have ended up with a couple wanting the same race conditions. Kelpies Myth loves this track and showed improvement last time once he settled. The Road Home will be suited by further in time but this race should teach him more and he will like the good to soft ground.
We reluctantly run Boys On Tour from out of the handicap, but he needs a novice chase run to qualify him for handicaps. That said he has schooled really well these past few days and he should be a better chaser than hurdler.
Jump For Dough is back over hurdles after not quite taking to fences. We use Thomas to take off ten pounds and if he can run to form then he should be competitive.
Finally, Blue Baton makes her bumper debut. She is entitled to be green on her first run, having only be trained at home, but she has ability and a good pedigree and has missed no work.