The new parade ring at Kelso is impressive and One For Arthur enjoyed himself strutting around it to open it. There is a video of him with an interview from Scu detailing his progress so far HERE and apologies to the racecourse for his divots in the new turf when his enthusiasm got too much for him.
Present Lodger ran well on ground that may have been quick for him, and the manner that he stayed on in the closing stages suggests that Kelso Members Lowflyers will have a great winter with him. The fast ground did not suit Make It Happen and he was never travelling; he has been on the go throughout the spring and summer and will now have a well earned holiday. We were pleased with Aurora Thunder's debut; green (and plunging in the first few strides) she made great headway when asked and will have learned a lot. She is another who may be better on easier ground.
Meanwhile, ducking the worst of the storms, I was at the Goffs UK sales at Doncaster where there were some super types on offer, mostly from the Gigginstown dispersal. Accompanied by Paul McIvor and Anne Macinnes, we watched and examined fifteen horses on our short list, and bid on five.
We were successful on the strong and talented seven year old Sutton Manor, pictured. A classy hurdler (Fifth in the 2017 Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival) and the winner of a novice chase on last Boxing Day, he has recently lost his way. Recommended by his previous trainer he will have time to freshen up and if we can get him back to form he could be a smart stayer for the yard. He was £34,000 today and is for sale.
We are also extremely pleased to have the good ground multiple chase winner Voix D'Eau join us; a 147 rated two and a half mile chaser he has been on the upgrade with Harry Fry and will contest the good handicap chases for his new owner Jimmy Fyffe.
My journey home was not quite so delightful with the train terminating in Newcastle after long delays, necessitating Scu to divert south to pick me up. A long day but well worth it.