Dr Hooves won his novice chase at Musselburgh this afternoon for Gerry McGladery and his family. Stepping up to three miles Doc loved the ground and stayed on to win his first race. An athletic type he should be able to build on this win and should be a handy chaser for the spring.
In the same race Exit To Where tried hard, and rallied towards the end despite being headed. Things are beginning to come together for him and he will improve for some better ground.
Mighty Thunder made a bold bid in the Pertemps qualifier, making all under stand-in jockey Stephen. His hurdling was impeccable and while we were worried about the soft ground beforehand, he galloped generously on it. It was an improved performance from Mighty and desperate to have victory snatched from him on the line. However, he has some nice targets to come and will be even better on a sounder surface.
I was delighted with Order Of Thistle's run too; it was a big ask for him in handicap company for the first time and his fifth place was creditable.
It was good to hear that Arizona Bound enjoyed his first point to point at Alnwick coming second under Ailsa; he should be a super schoolmaster for the amateurs in the yard this spring.
The lorries roll on to Carlisle tomorrow morning where we have three runners.
Haul Us In ran a blinder last weekend when winning her mares novice chase and she makes a quick return to the track in another mares chase. The track and fences should suit our novice despite her inexperience chasing.
We run two in the two mile handicap hurdle; Vengeur De Guye loved his hurdle race last time and despite carrying plenty of weight he should cope well with the soft ground. Mint Gold is a course winner and we try him without his hood tomorrow. A lovely type of youngster he should run better than last time if he can settle early on.