We were with Julian and Karenina Morrison Bell at the Tattersalls Ireland Sales today looking to buy a filly with scope and a good pedigree. With a short list of a dozen that was then shortened to just three, we were delighted to purchase the three year old Presenting out of hurdle winner and black type chaser Avondhu Lady, pictured. A loose moving filly she will be broken in by Derek next week and will then return to her owners for a short holiday before resuming training in the autumn.
Meanwhile, at home, Jamie and the rest of the team continued preparations on the Perth runners; we have six tomorrow.
Templenaboe is back after a break and he seems much stronger and happier in himself this time around. He has a seemingly impossible task with an odd’s on favourite, but a clear round could see him in the winners enclosure.
We run two in the novice handicap chase; Alizee De Janeiro ran over fences eighteen months ago, but after a fall she lost her confidence. She has run some super hurdle races since then and has schooled with greater enthusiasm so we try chasing again. Vertigo has his first chase start and this point to pointer should find the tempo of chases more to his liking.
The Tay Valley Chasers have two runners, the first is OrionInverness in the handicap chase. We are not sure that Perth will be his track as he seems best on galloping stiff tracks, but he has been in good form this spring and deserves to have a cut at a chase here again.
Arizona Bound will be chasing soon but he has another hurdle run in an open looking novice staying handicap, he should like the better going having found heavy ground a bit tough.
Finally, Maraweh is the second TVC runner; a Perth specialist he has the added bonus of seven pounds off a light weight with Thomas having his first race on him.