Alizee De Janeiro, pictured, has been a star for the yard and for her owner Debs Thomson, turning into a Kelso specialist and winning eight times, on six occasions round Kelso, and including five times this season. Each time we have discussed retirement to be a brood mare, but she continued to be in such good form at home that we delayed her retirement. Yesterday she tried Cheltenham but her winning streak ended and she was pulled up. She is now at Overbury Stud and will visit Kayf Tara in the next fortnight.
Mares really get hold of your heart and we will all miss Alizee, known to her friends as Rio, in particular, Beth who was with her yesterday. If Alizee can pass on her tenacity and desire to win we will have some super youngsters to look forward to.
Meanwhile, we have two nice youngsters running tomorrow on good ground at Carlisle; starting with Izzy's Champion who takes on a handicap for the first time. He has been getting very fresh at home and he feels as well as he has all season. It would be lovely for him to run well as his owners, Paul and Margaret Winnell are over from the Isle Of Man to see him.
Mannochmore's owners are mostly local to Carlisle and include his breeder Robert Robinson. The four year old son of Dylan Thomas will make a fine stayer in time, but has his first taste of the race track tomorrow. A safe round and educational introduction is the aim, and he will learn a lot tomorrow.