Some horses just love racing and Deepsand is one of them. Having been off for six hundred days this was his second race back and his true athletic body is nearly complete. Waited with as usual he ran into the race down the home straight and just failed to catch the leader, having a good tussle with the second placed horse. He will be even trimmer next time and we are looking forward to having him racing again. He is pictured sauntering back in after his race.
Gars Bar Dine is enthusiastic also and attacked his fences early on in just his second chase. His fifth placing was notable and he could be the type for Hexham in the coming months.
It was a pretty wet day today to our delight, and we had a very effective work morning. We have three horses aiming at CHeltenham and they all had their final piece of work this morning. Big River might not get a run in the Ultima Chase but if the ground is soft he would have a good each way chance; we have not seen the best of him this season and he is just coming to himself physically. Voix D'Eau is in the Brown Advisory Plate on Thursday and he runs here as a prep for the Aintree Topham Chase. Finally, we are hoping for a wet Friday as Highland Hunter who has an entry in the Albert Bartlett loves heavy ground.
With the rain falling at Carlisle there are doubts over whether Make It Happen will run as he would not like t to be too heavy on his step up to 2miles 3furlongs. He is well at home and should have a good spring.
Prince Dundee is a chasing type and he is getting the hang of jumping fences; he schooled well yesterday with Patrick. He will have his favoured soft ground and the two and a half miles should be fine for him at this stage.
Emissaire has a big weight in the two mile handicap hurdle, but he will love the deep ground and Blair takes off a few pounds with his claim.
Ryalex has had a busy year but loves Carlisle and he will be trying his best against a recent winner with a big weight penalty, Molly Carew. The soft ground holds no fear for him.
Finally, we have always loved Slainte Mhor and in hindsight running him last time on good ground was a bad idea for this stayer. Conditions should be right for him tomorrow as he starts back on the track after a break.