Two runners at Wetherby tomorrow starting with Temple Man in the opening novice hurdle. He just got up to win on the dying strides last time at Kelso over two miles and the extra trip will suit him but he has a penalty as a result of that success and this is a stronger race on paper. Sciaparannie won a bumper well on her second start and ran two cracking races in defeat under a penalty. Ideally we would have stepped up to two and a half miles for her hurdle debut but instead we are staying at two which we may get away with as we are on level weights. She has schooled well at home and we hope she jumps well tomorrow.
Four runners at Ayr tomorrow starting with Cyrus Darius. He makes a return to chasing tomorrow having ran over hurdles again last season. His sole start over fences was at Perth and he never looked happy that day but he is a big striding horse who probably found the track to tight for him and it may be he doesn’t go right handed either. The track and trip tomorrow should suit so we will learn wether he is going to make a chaser or not. Special Catch was very consistent for us last year having joined us in January and he will be in his element tomorrow despite being on a career high mark. He should run a good race. Mount Mews has to give weight away all round but seems in great heart at home so we hope he is up to the task. He seemed comfortable on heavy ground at Kelso so we are hopeful. Cathal’s Star is a lovely big horse but he may need the experience tomorrow as he hasn’t quite realised he is a race horse yet! He has done as much as he can at home so this is the next step.
At Carlisle on Sunday we have three. Only Orvieto won her only bumper but has yet to get going over hurdles in her two starts to date. Hopefully she will take a step forward on Sunday. Secrete Stream makes his chasing debut and we hope he runs well despite having top weight. He has schooled well at home and won’t mind the ground. Waiting Patiently ran three cracking races last year triumphing in all of them and bids to pick up where he left off in the Colin Parker Intermediate. Only the four of them but it is a good little race and we should learn more about his best trip.
Tiger Mountain hasn’t been the easiest to train and he could do with showing on the racecourse what he can do at home. He will drop back in trip as well next time.
Thrilled with Sun Cloud today who really enjoyed himself and won nicely. He is in good form with himself at the moment and he may now have a run over fences. Robbing The Prey was a little unlucky as he just tied up right at the end of his race having jumped and travelled beautifully. He won’t be out quickly as he likes been fresh. We though Aiden gave Four Mile Beach a lovely ride and we may step him up in trip if we can find a suitable race. He needs good ground.
Tiger Mountain needs to pull his finger out tomorrow! He has a visor applied as he races lazily through his races and we hope it will help him travel. If it does he could run well.
Three runners tomorrow at Sedgefield with Robbing The Prey first up in the novice handicap chase. He is making his chasing debut and has schooled well at home so we are hopeful of a big run. His best form is usually first time out and it will be interesting to se how he gets on on a sounder surface. Sun Cloud owes us nothing and has an 8lb rise in the handicap to contend with but he likes Sedgefield, is not ground dependent and will stay the trip. Four Mile Beach should run a nice race but he has yet to win. He will like the ground, the visor may help and he is well in himself following a spin on the flat.
Frustratingly close to having a double at Aintree with Cloudy Dream and Black Ivory. Watching Cloudy Dreams race back we were leased with a number of things. He settled well over the trip, travelled well through his race and jumped well in the main. He was a little intimidated by Smad Place but that can happen and despite his worst mistake being at the last fence he stayed on to make up over two lengths on the winner. People were critical of his performance but we think that is because he was the favourite as much of it was unjustified. Black Ivory travelled and jumped well and certainly stayed the trip. It was his first run of the season and he was beaten by a race fit rival that he was giving 9lb to. He will come on for the run and he may well stay at 3 miles. Schiaparannie ran really well under her penalty on a course where 2 miles is probably too sharp for her. She may well step up in trip on her hurdling debut but we will see as it will depend on the course.
Tomorrow we have three heading to Aintree. Cloudy Dream makes his seasonal reappearance in the Old Roan which is an incredibly hot race this year. He seems well at home and will like the ground so fingers crossed he runs a big race. Black Ivory steps up in trip for the first time which should suit him given the 2m 4f on good ground at Perth was on the sharp side for him. Schiaparannie won her bumper at Hexham nicely and ran a cracker under a penalty at Bangor. This is a competitive race but we hope she puts in a bold show.
Delighted to have a winner today, particularly one for Tizzy Straker and Steve Key as they had had a run of bad luck and deserved a winner! Temple Man was very honest and knuckled down at the end of his race to win by a very narrow margin. It was his first win but he did everything right. Fernan ran a nice race on his hurdle debut and will come on for that race mentally as much as fitness. He jumped well on the whole and stayed on strongly once the penny dropped. Firth Of The Clyde is an absolute legend and ran very well before tiring. He will need softer ground to be most effective. Double W’s did not run as expected but he has ran like that before on over watered ground so we won’t worry just yet. Four Mile Beach was slowly away out the stalls but stayed on well down the straight. Kieran gave him a good ride and we may step him up in trip on the flat. He may run over hurdles next week if he seems happy at home.
Chilly Miss did not run as well as expected today – finishing 7th. We though with first time cheek pieces dropping back to two miles would suit but she was outpaced in a strongly ran race. Strangely that has happened to her before over 2m 5f. We will look for another race in about three weeks and we will probably claim from her.
We could do with a winner but I would be astonished and delighted if Four Mile Beach wins tomorrow. He has the ability and whilst it is Kieran’s first ride under rules he has some experience pony racing which he is hoping to put to good use. Hopefully they both enjoy the race.
One runner tomorrow when Kick On Dottie starts her hurdling career at Market Rasen in a hot little mares novice hurdle. She has been schooling well at home and she will appreciate the step up in trip.
Dubai Angel made a lovely start to his chasing career and we were pleased with his jumping as he has needed plenty of practice at home. Bar one mistake he was good and he ran to the line. We will hopefully find a 2m 4f race for him next as that will probably be his best trip. Ballyben struggled to give weight away in a competitive race. He has reached a new high off 133 and that combined with only a three week break between races probably led to a poor run. He has come out of the race great though. Hello Bertie ran well for a long way but we will drop him back in trip next time as we are not convinced he stayed the extra couple of furlongs. Master Of Finance ran a really well in a competitive race and will go to Sedgefield next. We may try him over further.
Two runners tomorrow. Hello Bertie ran a really nice race at Perth on ground we felt would be to soft for him. he was beaten by a nice horse and he was clear of the third. The step up in trip should not be a problem on pedigree so hopefully he can put in a good performance. Master Of Finance has ran well over hurdles this season and has been freshened up after three runs in quick succession. He will like the forecast good ground and he should run a nice race.
The runners at Hexham both needed their first outings and on ground that bad you get fought out. Only Orvieto jumped well before tiring and has come out of the race well. Tayzar didn’t help himself by been keen but if he learns to settle he could be a nice horse.
Sadly Mayo Star will miss most of the season due to suffering a bruised tendon at Kelso.
Two runners tomorrow. Only Orvieto makes her belated second start over hurdles. A nice mare she has schooled nicely and is working well so we are hopeful she can put her best foot forward on a staying track and make a strong start to the season. Tayzar ran well despite been fiercely keen on his bumper debut last season and the race has worked out well. He will need to settle but we hope the hill helps in that respect.
Temple Man made a nice start to his hurdle career. Held up off a strong pace he was a little outpaced before staying on. He will be better with cut in the ground but it got the freshness out of him. Mayo Star came very close to winning and we were pleased with how well he settled. He made the odd error jumping but it was only his second start over hurdles. Double W’s blew up (which he did first time out last season) and he will come on for the run. He jumped and travelled great.
The good ground is back having being missing for a few of the earlier fixtures which will suit Double W’s who makes his seasonal reappearance at Kelso tomorrow. He thrived over fences last year and now has to prove he is capable of mixing it with the big boys in his second season. Tomorrows race is competitive but he has a nice racing weight and hopefully he is fully fit and can do himself justice. Temple Man makes his hurdling debut after three bumper runs and he schools nicely at home and has had plenty of practice. He may need more give in the ground or further over hurdles but this seemed a sensible place to start. Mayo Star won’t mind the ground and will appreciate the step up in trip. On pedigree he will improve for the trip and he has schooled well. He hasn’t been overworked and will come on for the run but he has done plenty of cantering.
Ryedale Racer is one of my favourite horses in training and yesterdays race highlights why. Giving weight away all round on soft enough ground he fought to the line despite getting tired (and lugging in). A little warrior he will mix hurdling with chasing this season so we will see what races are about. Princess Tara was visually disappointing but she had a good blow after the race and may just have needed the run.