It has been a tough week for the staff with snow, slush and ice adding to the usual daily challenges, but we are used to such things and Bradley and Davy with the snow plough, salt spreader and rotavators have kept the gallops and roads open and all the horses have had ample work to keep them fit.
We had a few non runners at the start of the week, but are now ready for seven to run at Ayr tomorrow on ground that will be heavy but there is no inspection planned so we can breathe a sigh of relief and be confident of racing going ahead.
In the first Operation Overlord makes his belated seasonal debut over two and a half miles. A horse for the future he will contiinue to improve over the next few months and wears a first time tongue tie.
In the three mile hurdle we run the point to point winner Corrach Rambler. By Jeremy the same sire as Operation Overlord, he will be fine at the distance, but our only worry is the going as his point to point form suggests that he wants better ground. He has his first run for the new partnership, The Ramblers; there are shares available, please see the FOR SALE page.
Next we run two in the three mile three chase, sure to be a war of attrition. Sutton Manor missed his Bangor engagement due to the snow, and if he can get into a good rhythm he should outrun his odds. Buddha Scheme is made for long distances and this race has been one of his aims this season.
Two more in the two and a half mile chase; Caboy who ran a super race at Bangor in November and a repeat of that form would give him a chance, and OrionInverness whose run last time should be discounted and who is back in great form at home.
Finally, in the bumper, we run a super prospect in Ahoy Senor. The winner of a British point to point he is still learning his trade, but he should make a decent chaser in time.