Whoosh! Another week has passed us by and whilst we haven’t hit the target there has been more definite signs that winners are just around the corner. We only had runners at two meetings this week, the rain has now well and truly come and we will be stepping things up from here on in.
Starting at Carlisle on Tuesday, Midnight Shadow ran a good race to finish third. It looked a very hot race on paper beforehand and so it proved. We will be looking to find a winning opportunity for him next time.
Oscar Wilde & Minella Fiveo both had their first runs of the season and both ran respectably finishing 7th & 8th. ‘Oscar’ will now go chasing. Bailey Sagar made his riding debut for us on ‘Fiveo’ and we will be looking to provide him with further opportunities throughout the winter.
On to Kelso on Saturday and we ran two of our real stars in the same race in, Vintage Clouds & Sharp Response. Both will be sharper for the run and Saturday was very much their first steps on the path to some big races in 2020. Roll on the new year with these two!
Lough Legend had his first run since last November and finished midfield. He’s only 5 and could stay hurdling or go chasing, he has options.
Last but not least, Treshnish was a well backed favourite on his second start since a wind-op. 4 fences were omitted and this wouldn’t have suited our lad, while a return to softer ground may also be in his favour.
The week ahead…
Once again we have a multitude of entries over the next 3 days, starting tomorrow at Uttoxeter where Captain Moirette makes his long awaited chasing debut. We have been looking forward to this day for some time, however we appear to have found potentially one of the strongest Beginners Chase outside of a Festival!
As much as we like our lad, he comes up against the runner up of last years’ Supreme Novice Hurdle in Thomas Darby, a previous Supreme winner in Summerville Boy and one of 2017’s top Novice Hurdlers in First Flow. It is sure to be a great race and we are hoping Captain Moirette will do himself justice in such strong company.
Tomorrow we also see Cracking Find and Kauto D’Amour make a trip to Wetherby where we hope both will improve from their first runs of the season. Cracking Find is still 3lbs higher than for his last success but that win came over last weekend’s winner of the Old Roan Chase, Forest Bihan and so we would be hopeful this is a mark he can still go close off.
Kauto D’Amour is making his hurdling debut and whilst he has schooled well at home, he needs to find quite a bit more from his bumper run a few weeks ago to get involved in what is usually a fair novice hurdle on the first day of the Charlie Hall meeting.
On Saturday we make a further trip to Wetherby where we look like running Absolutely Dylan, Scorchin and Informateur. All three will be having their first runs of the season so far and I would expect that they may just need them as that seems to have been the case over the past few weeks.
Its fair to say Sunday looks like being a busy old day for us back up at Carlisle where we currently have no fewer than 6 entries, all of which are likely to stand their ground tomorrow!
Rare Clouds makes his return to the track and we are hopeful of a good year from this full brother to our stable stalwart Vintage Clouds. He has been working OK and it will be great to get him started.
Hill Sixteen makes a swift return following a promising chasing debut over the same course but a 4f shorter trip and we are really hoping that this step up will really suit this strong galloper. Even without the final declarations the race looks very competitive like many of Carlisle’s Novice Handicap Chases’ tend to be but I would expect Hill Sixteen to finish closer this time round.
Silva Eclipse runs in the valuable 2m4f handicap hurdle and whilst he is on a fair mark looking back at his pair of close seconds at Haydock last year, it is possible that this trip may just find him out as he may not quite have the pace to go with them. Expect him to be staying on as strong as any other coming up the hill after the last though.
The main handicap chase on the card is where we see Lough Derg Farmer again. Last year he was a convincing winner over this course and out of all our runners over the past three weeks it is he who arguably shaped the best on his return to action. He travelled well for a long way until being hampered on the climb up the hill at which point his chance had passed and I hope he will be there come the business end!
Finally, we have two entries in the bumper, Waiting Forever and Wolf Run both of whom are making their debuts and whilst they have done plenty of work at home, there is nothing like actual match practise.
By the time I write our next blog, it would be great to be celebrating the yards’ first winner(s) of the season and some more promising efforts than has been the case over the past few weeks….fingers crossed!!!!!