Our young mares continue to do us proud in the early part of the season, with the victory of Haute Estime at Kelso on Sunday coming hot on the heels of the wins of Clearly Crazy at Perth and West End Lady at Hexham. We were thrilled with the performance of Haute Estime as she travelled and jumped beautifully on her hurdling debut before quickly putting the race to bed between the final two flights. Still only a four-year-old, she has plenty of size and scope and is a hugely exciting prospect for her owners Brahms & Liszt.
Another mare, this time one of the more established variety, Gemoloigst, returned with a fine third in the 2m handicap hurdle. A long-standing maiden, she truly deserves to get her head in front and this will hopefully provide the springboard to her doing just that in the months ahead.
Of our two runners over fences on the Kelso card, Prince Dundee showed definite signs of a return to form by rallying to finish second in the 3m2f handicap chase, whilst Aurora Thunder displayed her inexperience on chasing debut, jumping a little deliberately in the novice handicap. She should do better with this experience under her belt.
We ran two in the 2m5f novice hurdle with Green Vault and Fethard Glory taking on the Donald McCain-trained Ibbenburen. Both came up short on the day, but Green Vault deserves plenty of credit for getting within 2¾ lengths of the race-fit winner in a tactical affair that wasn’t run to suit. A stiffer test of stamina will be in his favour and he shouldn’t be long in going one better.