A soaking wet day at Ayr but some good runs to brighten our day.
Haul Us In is a most genuine and brave mare and she tried her hardest to make all under top weight in the three mile hurdle. Sticking on grimly is was heartbreaking to see her beaten at the post but a delight that she has come back from time off in such great heart. She loves the heavy ground and may now go chasing. She is pictured in the winners enclosure receiving a well deserved pat from her owner.
Grand Morning was also second and we were pleased to see the powerful bay back to form. Having found chasing tough last season it is the hard work from all his connections that has got him back to form and we will look for a similar contest next time.
Ain't My Fault looked less comfortable on the heavy ground than at Wetherby last time, although he did rally after the last to be third. He has run consistently this season and deserves to win soon.
We were pleased with Mannochmore's run in the novice hurdle, he is much more professional in his races and he is going the right way. Poor Offtheshoulder did not run well and this run was too bad to be true.
We head back to Musselburgh tomorrow with eight runners all looking for the good ground.
Order Of Thistle steps up markedly in trip but having stayed well in his bumper we are hopeful that he will relish the new test.
Timeawaiting has taken time to come right after knee surgery but he loves his schooling and we think that chasing may bring out the best in him.
We then run Blooriedotcom a youngster that I like a lot. He has been immature in his early races but if he can build on his last run he should be competitive tomorrow.
Sky Khan has plenty of experience but has been out of top form for a while, slipping down the handicap as a result. We try three miles again with him, expect him to be held up as usual.
Dr Hooves has his first chase start in the beginners chase; he faces a stiff task at the weights but is another to love his schooling.
Finally, we run three in the bumper, all making their debuts; Geoff Brown's homebred Missy May, the Trotter's homebred Mr Toastie and the ex French Diamond State. All three will be better over hurdles but need some experience before that and should be fine on the good ground.