AFTER a quiet-ish spell last week, we’re off to Ayr today with three runners where the ground will be good to soft. We run RAE DES CHAMPS (12.30) in the mares’ novice over two miles. She’s a nice filly who win a point-to-point in good style at Lisronagh back in May and the second horse that day has come out and won on the track since, so there form looks decent. She sprinted away from them that day, so it will be interesting to see how she gets on.
At home she’s been doing everything we’ve asked of her. We are a little bit later getting her out than we’d planned but she’s had one or two little hiccups which are behind her now. We’re hoping she’ll run well today. It’s a competitive race with a couple of nice types in opposition, so we’ll see who comes out on top!
MONFASS (1.00) very much needed the run at Kelso last month and has come on from it. He’s on a nice mark, dropping a fair bit down the handicap since his last win way back in December 2017, and we hope he’s fit enough today to run well this time, so fingers crossed he’ll be competitive.
FETE CHAMPETRE (2.10) did a vanishing act at Hexham last time, running into the hedge at the side of the fence when it looked like he might have won. Craig Nichol certainly thought he had a big chance but we’ll never know for sure. He’s come out of that fine, it doesn’t seem to have bothered him at all. We have schooled him twice since and on Friday he jumped exceptionally well.
It’s a hot race and you can make a case for a few of them, but we do love this horse and would like to think he’s capable of winning off this mark.