Urban Kode, pictured, ran his usual game race yesterday to be third in a fairly hot handicap hurdle; it is great to have him back to form after a few below par runs. This was Alex's last ride for us as he is heading South to work for Paul Nicholls and we wish him well. He has been a great asset on the yard and I am sure that his focus and determination will stand him in good stead. In the same race Momkinzain ran with great enthusiasm but faded when his exertions took their toll.
Pulpitarian also ran with enthusiasm but he finds it hard in the latter stages of his races and we will think carefully about his future under rules. He has been a super horse for his owners the Two Black Labs. Sadly the original girls, Bolly and Krug have both passed away but the young boys Dom and Louis were at the races yesterday proudly wearing their owners badges. They also own Big River who will be back in training next month and who has a bright future.
On to today's races, and we start with the winning point to point mare Devitio'sgoldengirl. She has been very straightforward since she joined us and is having her first run for the Tay Valley Chasers. The trip may be her minimum in time, but we will learn plenty about her this afternoon.
Spoils Of War won nicely last time at Perth but today's race is hotter. He has been super at home now that we have sorted a few issues and if in the same mood he should run another good race.
Everyone in the yard loves Argentix, an elegant grey, and he has shown a good attitude in his work. This will be his first run over British fences, and having won a chase in France he may take time to get used to the different tempo of the race.
Thorpe ran a nice race last time although he did not quite stay the three miles. He will enjoy the drop back in trip and any ease in the going.
Finally, we run the filly Onahandshake. She was broken in last autumn and in the past few months has changed shape from rotund into more of a racing shape. She will likely be green but has an ability and today's experience will not be lost on her.