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Real sense of euphoria

There’s a real sense of euphoria in the yard this morning, even though it’s pouring! Everyone was in early.  

Yesterday was a memorable day for us.  A double! A long awaited winner after a very quiet spell on the cold list and we had a double!  Exactly the kind of days that must be celebrated.  I believe Nate and Ben did this quite well!  It’s well deserved, everyone at home has worked hard to get things back on track. I am grateful to them all and my Team of Vets.

Gerry Mcgladery’s SMART LASS loves Musselburgh (as does Gerry), and is becoming a bit of a course specialist.  Her race cut up to be a 4 horse affair, not that it mattered, there was still 3 to beat. She did it nicely. Andrew Mullen bounced her out in her usual front running style and she made all on ground that she loves.

THE GLOAMING for The Strattonites was more of a surprise at 20-1 but I did call her Owner Russell Provan on Tuesday morning and say I thought she had a real chance as she was well at home and was not right after her last run.  She’s a madam to train and has to be handled carefully but she has ability…as she proved yesterday.

ZABEEL STAR didn’t enjoy the unusual testing ground at Musselburgh yesterday. This was Zab’s last start for the yard. He is now off to enjoy a well earned and luxurious retirement with Karen Mclintock. He has been a pleasure to train and owes his Owners absolutely nothing.  They have made the right decision to retire him when he still has plenty of life left in him to go off and enjoy a second (more laid back) career.

My Apprentice Shannon rode well yesterday. She followed instructions carefully to finish 5th on REELY BONNIE.  She actually could have been closer but everytime there was an opportunity for a break, the door closed. Shannon will have again learnt more from the experience. She is knocking on the door of her first win for sure.

Beverley has been abandoned due to waterlogging so we are now only at Hamilton today with 5 runners.  I’m hoping to build on the success of yesterday and prove that we really have turned a corner