Musselburgh


AYR on Monday was a brilliant day, with The Player Queen, Gentleman De Mai and Permission Granted combining for our second-ever treble with our only three runners on the card.

They’ve given us a 42% strike-rate in October and 31% for the season so far. Those are fantasy numbers, ones you can only dream about sustaining for the rest of the season...but we’ll give it our best shot at doing so.

Our three runners at Musselburgh today kick off with DOKTOR GLAZ (1.30) in the 2m4f handicap chase. The picture above is of Dessie riding him.

This meeting has been switched from Ayr this year as a one-off and I’m not sure if the very different nature of Musselburgh will suit them ideally.

We’d hoped to run the Doktor at Carlisle recently but couldn’t because of the ground. This race is the right grade for him, he’s on a good mark and he seems really well in himself, but he’s a big horse to be running around a tight track like this.

Whether or not he’ll be able to dominate, I’m not sure, but hopefully he’ll get a good look at his fences and be able to use that big stride of his. I’m hopeful he’ll run a decent race.

SLANELOUGH (2.38) and SOME REIGN (3.48) both ran really nice races on their seasonal reappearances a couple of weeks ago.

We were very happy with Slanelough over 2m at Carlisle, where he finished third, just behind one of today’s opponents Gold Des Bois. Our lad settled well that day, so I think he should be fine with the step up to 2m4f around a track like Musselburgh. It’s certainly worth giving it a go.

Some Reign got dropped a couple of pounds for Wetherby, where he was beaten 3½ lengths by Return Ticket, who’s gone up a couple. We’re better off at the weights here as a result, but I am a bit worried this is a very sharp 2m for Some Reign.

He’s a horse I’d like to step up in trip at some point – but I didn’t dare run him in the 2m4f race! The start is near the chute and, if you remember, he whipped round at the 2m4f start here one day over hurdles when a very hot favourite. All in all, I just felt that was too much of a risk to try that again!

There are only six runners in both his and Slanelough’s race, but they both look pretty competitive for the grade, Slanelough’s race especially.

We have runners at Carlisle tomorrow as well, so will update later on them.

We get some fantastic sunrises here at this time of year and I'm sure you'll agree, this photo is fantastic!

Looking back on Ayr, we’d have been very disappointed if The Player Queen and Gentleman De Mai hadn’t run very well on their respective debuts for us. Even so, I thought they both won in great style.

The Player Queen was very professional. She’s an exciting type and I hope to run her in some nice mares races at some stage, although I haven’t got anything picked out for her just yet.

Gentleman De Mai showed a lovely lengthening of stride up the straight at Ayr, so I definitely think we picked the right track to start him off at. He’s a gorgeous, big horse; a real proper chasing type who we are also very excited about.

As for little Permission Granted, he knows how to do the job when everything goes right. He also proved he can win on a left-handed track, albeit it probably needs to be a big, wide, galloping one like Ayr. That at least gives us a few more options with him going forward.