After a quiet spell in terms of our summer jumps team, it was good to get back racing over the Bank Holiday weekend with runners at Cartmel and Kelso. Pick of the bunch at Cartmel was the performance of Methodtothemadness who finished a fine third on what was effectively her chasing debut having unseated at the first at Perth on her previous outing. In the same race, Katalystic found the twists and turns of Cartmel all too sharp, failing to establish a jumping rhythm, and it was a similar story for Chanceiton earlier in the afternoon. Both are capable of bouncing back on a more galloping course.
On Sunday at Kelso, Elmono ran a fabulous race to finish fourth on his return to action, working his way into a challenging position up the home straight before understandably just getting tired close home on his first start for 249 days. This run should set him up perfectly for a summer campaign with some lovely races at Perth upcoming. Our second runner was A Ladies Milan, who despite trying his hardest, found it tough going in the 3m2f handicap hurdle. ‘Digger’, as he is known at home, is now set to continue his career down a different path.
We headed back to Cartmel on Monday, when two became one with the withdrawal of Lucky Flight due to the quick ground. That left Gripper to fly the flag solo and he wasn’t disgraced when finishing seventh in the first division of the 2m6f handicap hurdle. Never the type to take too much out of himself, Gripper isn’t going to be left to rest on his laurels as he has been declared to take his chance on the Flat at Hamilton on Thursday along with our ultra-consistent sprinter Ballyare.
Continuing the Flat theme, we have two runners heading to Ayr tomorrow afternoon with Red Missile down in grade and stepping back up in trip in the 1m5f handicap. We are hoping this combination will be the key to his chances as he is certainly well handicapped on the pick of his form.
In the following race, Engles Rock bids to bounce back from a blip at Musselburgh where she had a couple of excuses. Based on her previous second at Doncaster – when she was beaten just a head on her reappearance – she too is weighted to run well.
A lorry will also be heading back to Cartmel for the third time in 5 days when Brodick drops in class to contest a selling handicap hurdle. She needs to improve, but the quick conditions will suit her better than the soft ground she had to contend with at Perth last time.