We are off to Kelso today with Chosen Flame. He was hot favourite last time at Perth after his nice win there the time before, but a bad mistake at the first ruined his chances. Hopefully he can go well again today, I think the 2m2f will be a great trip for him, and I am hoping the ground will be okay after such a long break and they’ve also put plenty water on.
The picture above is him jumping en route to victory last month.
Commiserations to poor Craig Nichol who broke his fibia yesterday at Hexham. A very unlucky accident where his horse reared over on him leaving the paddock. He’s had an operation this morning and will then be going to Jack Berry house to recuperate. It is obviously just such bad timing for him, just as the season is about to swing into top gear. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take too long to heal.
It’s all go at Hazelrigg right now with autumn upon us. We’re winding up the horses' work now as the jump season proper nears. We’ll have some entries at Perth next week, and then gradually start to get busier after that.
I just hope that racing can start to let a few more people in the gates in the near future, as it’s very boring at the moment, not to mention very worrying for the racecourses financially. Surely there are ways to keep people distanced on racetracks. I can see it’s not going to get back to normal for a long time, but it’ll be awful if they can’t make some improvements soon.