On the face of it last week looks like it was somewhat of a struggle with 16 of our 17 horses running outside of the places however it was the first run back for all of them and we would hope that in the main, they would come on for the run.
Of those horses, Captain Moirette ran a promising race at Wetherby on Wednesday and he will be sent chasing now in the hope that the larger obstacles will be right up his street.
On Thursday Hill Sixteen made a promising start to his novice chasing campaign with a polished round of jumping over what will likely prove to be a trip slightly too short for him, as he seemed to travel well until ultimately they quickened clear and he just didn’t have the gears to go with them. On the same card, Lough Derg Farmer made a very promising return only giving way after the penultimate fence having been baulked mid-air.
Finally, perhaps the most encouraging display of all came from Very Patient in the Sedgefield bumper on Sunday. He lost his position a little at the top of the hill as they quickened but stayed on particularly well which augurs well for the remainder of the season.
The week ahead….
Thankfully we have not had any runners so far this week as I have been very busy and not had chance to update our blog until now!
It goes without saying this is a very exciting week as two of our big guns return and we are so excited to see Midnight Shadow return at Carlisle tomorrow. He is such a promising chasing prospect who has schooled very well at home, I just wish we had found an easier race! It’s possible this trip maybe on the short side particularly against a proper 2m horse in Global Citizen but we cannot wait. Oscar Wilde returns on the same card and we are also looking forward to a novice chasing campaign with this big horse further down the line but this is an ideal starting point off what looks a reasonable handicap mark.
On Saturday we head on the long trip up to Kelso for some decent prizemoney which is great to see and hopefully they will be rewarded with some good fields. At the moment it is undecided whether Vintage Clouds will make it up there as he also has an entry at Cheltenham where he goes well but wherever he returns, he has been going OK at home and either of these will be a good starting point on the Grand National trail once again. Sharp Response will definitely head up North where he is looking to return after a minor injury he suffered a day prior to the Eider last season. Sharp Response had a racecourse gallop at Wetherby a week ago and looks to have comeback from that in great order so we are hopeful of a decent showing.
Lough Legend and Treshish are likely to join them at Kelso where the former will be making his first appearance of the season whilst the latter still has something to prove after last years’ disappointing efforts and his return at Wetherby last week.