Our Flat string has done us proud over the past year or so and there are more wins just around the corner if the performance of Aone Ally at Hamilton on Wednesday is anything to go by. A lightly raced three-year-old, he shaped really well in finishing a close fifth over nine furlongs on his handicap debut, just running out of steam close home having travelled best of all. We will probably look to drop him back to a mile next time and he should prove more than capable of winning a similar event.
We also had Book of Invasions running over ten furlongs at Newcastle on Tuesday evening, and whilst he predictably found the trip shorter than ideal, he did gain further valuable experience of the tempo of Flat racing as we work towards handicaps.
Our attention switches back to the jumpers this weekend, with three runners at Cartmel on Saturday and two at Kelso on Sunday. First up at Cartmel is Chanceiton, who looks to return to form in the 3m1½f handicap chase. He has been priced up as the outsider, but he will appreciate the drying ground and we feel he will run better than his odds suggest.
We run two in the 2m5f handicap chase with Katalystic dropping in grade and Methodtothemadness having another crack at chasing after unseating at the first on her recent chasing debut. The track will be an unknown for both but provided they can get into a jumping rhythm, they have each-way chances on the pick of their form.
At Kelso on Sunday, we welcome back the ultra-game Elmono in the 3m2f handicap chase. He has been showing all his old enthusiasm at home, but given he hasn’t run since producing a career best to finish second at Perth last September, he will undoubtedly come on for the outing.
Our second runner is A Ladies Milan who has something to prove on the back of two below-par performances. He is potentially well handicapped despite being 3lb out of the weights, and he should enjoy the better ground at Kelso.