In the words of Burns himself...’Suspense is worse than disappointment’.
Burns Supper will take to the track for the first time this afternoon, as he goes to post at Redcar in a 5f Novice Auction Stakes. This nice 2yo by Poets Voice has been working impressively at home, so we will be looking for him to take that work onto the racecourse and hopefully run a nice enough little race.
I have been quick to learn in our venture onto the flat with these young horses having their first outing, that whatever has been working well at home, or whoever fancies their horse to ‘hose up’ (which tends to be most people), you never quite know what you have until the race is over. But no matter what the result, from birth, to breaking, to pre-training, to training, actually getting a horse ready to race is an achievement in itself.
Burns Supper will run for The Craig Farm Syndicate. An exciting moment for members of the syndicate, who are more used to having the likes of Snuker running over 4m at a soggy Hexham. It is fantastic to be able to give these fantastic racing enthusiasts such versatility within the syndicate and be able to give them something to look forward to all year round. All for just 27 pounds a week!
Most of our horses are out enjoying their holidays at grass, but we still have a small squad that will continue through the summer. Leading Score ran a very nice race at Hexham on Tuesday, as he finished 2nd again on what is only his second start over fences, to what seems a very well handicapped horse. He jumped very well and seemed to like the track, so we may look to return there with him again next month. Great to see Lycidas (below) back to winning ways at Kelso in a competitive handicap with Lucy Alexander for owner Jim Gordon with Head Man and work rider David Macleod leading him in. We hope to run Lycidas at Aintree over the summer and a possible switch back to the Flat as well whilst the weather stays good. We would like to all wish Richard Langdale well, a northern racing stalwart who has made Kelso the special place it is today.
Just like the horses, some of our staff are away on their holidays too. The ones who remain are enjoying what has been a rare occasion of sunshine here at the Craig and giving the yard a lick of paint, on top of their normal duties.
Here’s hoping for more nice weather and some winners on the board!
Author: Ross Hyslop