Vengeur De Guye ran a solid race at Haydock this afternoon, once again travelling well in the race and jumping accurately but looking as if he is poorly handicapped at this stage in his career. He enjoyed the challenge though and we may mix hurdles and chases going forward.
We have four at Ayr tomorrow on ground that is forecasted to be heavy and the track has placed frost sheets on take offs and landings.
We start with the game mare Calle Malva, a five year old by Getaway who relished the step up in trip on heavy ground last time when winning at Hexham. She faces a tougher competition tomorrow but she is a progressive mare and we are hopeful of a decent run.
We then run the novice chaser, Saint Freule. Previously a bit of a hot head he is settling with age and under the care of Blair is learning to curb his enthusiasm. He is another who has a big test against higher rated horses, but he will benefit from the further experience and it will be interesting to see him chasing at a different track.
Speak Of The Devil has enjoyed stepping up in trip over fences and while he is the youngest in the field he has scope for improvement as his jumping becomes more assured.
Finally, Shanroe Street returns to the track after nearly sixteen months off and this race, over a shorter than ideal distance should be a good introduction back to the track.