Thursday at Kelso
Its Hunter Chase time and our first runner in this sphere for a while, although Call it On was an intended Hunter Chaser last year and then he ended up winning three on the flat and one over hurdles!
King’s Grey will not like the track, trip or ground today but he is a classy horse and we are hoping for a top three place which would qualify him for the Aintree Foxhunters, a race we do think would suit him if allowed to bowl on and jump from fence to fence as he did so well under James Reveley at Aintree over the mildmay fences last June. His best form is all on flat tracks over 2m 4f , so we will be watching nervously this afternoon, but theres little else for him for a month so he takes his chance and is fit and well with a top amateur, John Dawson on board. Phil has travelled up with Sarah Olley who will have been washing and plaiting King’s Grey for his paddock appearance and we wouldn’t like to bet against her winning BTO with him, he is such a picture and Sarah does a top job. A good turnout of his Partnership Owners have travelled up to Scotland to watch him.
Transient Bay was 4th at Towcester yesterday, the handicapper just catching up with him – 10lbs for his latest win just proving too much, but he rallied all the way up the straight and got back into the race to finished placed in a competitive 17 runner race. He looked thoroughly genuine and was very tired afterwards as the ground was dreadful. It may now be time to go novice handicap chasing once he has recovered from this effort.
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