Graciously granted one day off work in December aside from the christmas holidays I didn't wish to waste it and took myself along to Musselburgh for their first December fixture.
A rather sombre end to the day as we found that four horses had perished during the meeting. The four died under different circumstances, Kensuke's Kingdom broke down after the finish, Smart Ruler had a heart attack, Sierra Oscar went wrong after three out, and Leatherbelly seemed to suffer a serious leg break on the home turn. No particular reason to link the four but nevertheless a tough day for the course and the sport. The course sadly didn't keep us up to date with the fate of Kensuke's Kingdom after announcing that the vet was attending the horse on the track. I did tweet when I spotted the horse ambulance attending but the great unwashed are apparently not worthy of news on a horse's well being, be it good or bad.
A low quality card so I will concentrate on just a few markers for the future.
GLENLORA led for a long way in the staying novices' hurdle before fading to finish fourth of four finishers. Showed enough promise to suggest Sandy Thomson can find a race for her in time. Not sure if there's a mares only staying novice programmed in the coming weeks but Glenlora would have a chance.
THOMAS TODD stayed on encouragingly to win the staying novices' handicap chase. A winner of a maiden point, he didn't seem a stand-out, but his manner of victory suggested more to come. SIMONE is my 'follow over a cliff' horse and the mare was once again very weak when push came to shove having jumped well in front to four out.
LIFE KNOWLEDGE led for a long way in the Class 5 two mile handicap hurled. He looked a bit headstrong, but kept on admirably once passed by Spin Of A Coin. Twice a flat winner but lightly raced over hurdles, it wouldn't be out of the question that he could land a similar contest.
NENDRUM was clear and had the 2m 4f Class 4 handicap hurdle at his mercy when stepping at two out and coming down. He's a tad frustrating but has won before, goes well here and there should be a race to be won with him soon.
The four runner bumper looked an interesting event but was marred by the horrible injury suffered by poor Leatherbelly. The first two are worth following and YES NO MAYBE SO forged clear from WEAPONS OUT in the final furlong. Breeding and make up suggest both can turn into jumpers.