A week of stormy weather but some great work at home and a time to get the team assembled for some racing this weekend. The Kelso runners have had time to recover from their races including sessions on the water treadmill and under the heat lamps, and those due to run have been schooling and having pre race exercise to have them ready for their runs.
We were joined on Tuesday by Deli Innes and the film team from Thorough Vision who were here to make a promotional film for the Scottish Racing Academy which is soon to be launched to provide training for the racing industry; more information on their website HERE
It was not wonderful weather for the filming but there will be plenty of atmosphere and it was great to have many of our members of staff interviewed to highlight the many different roles available in racing, not just being a jockey.
The jockeys have been working extra hard and despite the storms, the horses continue to be worked and schooled; indeed the schooling grounds are in great shape and the Easy fix and tyre fences are used most days.
We ran Ballyare on the flat this afternoon over seven furlongs, a trip that will suit him in the future, but maybe he is better at shorter for now. He goes to the Goffs Sales next week, but we would be delighted to keep him in training here if anyone would like a tough and hardy flat horse who will be even better on turf this summer. He would be ideal for Hamilton and Musselburgh and should keep improving.
Tomorrow we have two novice chasers at Musselburgh; Emirat De Catana and Izzy's Champion.
Emirat is slowly getting his nerve back after a fall at Kelso but he looked happier last time and we think that he has a strong each-way chance tomorrow.
Izzy's Champion has had a soft palate cautery since his last run and he worked well on the grass last week. If he can emulate his chase debut he will be very competitive.