A soaking wet Saturday but one which made the wet waterproofs worthwhile with some excellent work from a couple of the youngsters and some solid work on the grass gallops.
The grass is great at the moment and although there are puddles the old turf at Kilduff takes the water well and we worked six this morning over a mile and six furlongs; Izzy's Champion and Calle Malva, Shanroe Street and Vino's Choice, and Cockle Bay and Speak Of The Devil. All six galloped to the top and should be on a racetrack over the next few weeks.
At Arlary we had more working on the woodchip. Bollingerandkrug and Max Appeal worked together; both five year olds are unraced but coming along well. Also working was One For Arthur who had his first faster bit since the Becher Chase, Le Frank, Flutter Down, Charmix, Methodtothemadness, The Compeller and Ain't My Fault.
Finishing up sharply we will be dried out and ready for Kelso tomorrow where we have five declarations.
Well Above Par is back to the scene of his autumn win, and he faces a competitive field including a couple of well handicapped horses. He loves the heavy ground though and has been fresh at home since his last run.
My father's horse, Slainte Mhor was running a good race at Perth in September before falling at the last and we have given him plenty of time to get over that day. He is a horse who shows plenty but is taking a long time to mature and a place tomorrow will show that we are heading in the right direction.
The three mile chase has two from our yard; Katalystic who may prefer better ground but is fit and ready to run, and Rising Marienbard, a good chasing type, who is returning from time off and has also shown his best form on good to soft ground.
Big River returns to Kelso after being brought down here last time. This will be a confidence building race and one that he would be very competitive in with a clear round.