A treble on Trials day at Cheltenham on Saturday took the prize cash received by our horses this season effectively previous the £2 million mark.
We all the time purpose to attempt to attain that landmark by the beginning of the Cheltenham Competition. To do it earlier than the tip of January might effectively be a primary for the yard.
This month has actually been a extremely rewarding for Crew Ditcheat regardless of freezing situations taking part in havoc with the fixture checklist. The nice factor is that the horses proceed to be wholesome and are sustaining a formidable strike price of 30%.
Stage Star was the primary to strike on Saturday within the Timeform Novice Handicap Chase beneath high weight.
He made just about all of the working, leaping for enjoyable and readily drew clear on the ultimate hill. A handicap mark of 142 was a good score if he put it altogether and I used to be thrilled with the style of his victory which has put him proper within the combine for each novice chases on the Competition. He can even have an entry in one of many handicaps.
Il Ridoto, in first time cheek items, then dominated the precious Paddy Energy Handicap Chase from the entrance with a panoramic spherical of leaping earlier than seeing off the strict problem of Fugitif on the flat.
I used to be positive he had been kidding us this season as a result of he was popping out of his races too effectively. Constructive techniques with the cheek items thst centered his thoughts made an enormous distinction as he travelled very well the entire method and galloped all the way in which to the road with a fantastic trip from Harry Cobden.
The concept is to freshen him up earlier than the 2 miles, 5 furlong handicap Plate Handicap Chase on the Competition then possibly take him to Aintree for one thing just like the Topham.
Bryony Frost felt that Frodon hated the bottom within the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham. His handicap mark wants to return down just a few kilos and I’m toying with giving him an entry within the bet365 Chase at Sandown within the closing day of the season when floor situations will probably be in his favour.
My plan to run Gelino Bello again over hurdles to construct up his confidence backfired when he made a nasty mistake within the Cleeve Hurdle that put him out of the race. I’m unsure what comes subsequent for Gelino Bello however wouldn’t totally rule out a speedy return to motion within the three mile handicap hurdle at Sandown this Saturday.
Hacker Des Locations introduced up the hat-trick for Crew Ditcheat with a gutsy victory within the closing handicap hurdle. Whereas he bought to the entrance a tad ahead of superb I cherished the way in which he pulled out extra on the run in to see off the persistent problem of May I.
Hacker Des Locations shocked me a bit and the way in which he travels now he will probably be suited by a greater tempo in a stronger race. He runs subsequent within the Betfair Hurdle in a fortnight.
We started Saturday on a downbeat observe with Dixon Cove sustaining what I concern is a profession ending tendon harm when ending third within the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle. She all however severed a tendon when she struck into herself .
Dixon Cove was taken straight off to the veterinary hospital and had surgical procedure on Sunday. She will probably be unlikely to race once more however hopefully she will be able to get pleasure from life as a brood mare.
We had been out of luck at Doncaster the place Keep Away Fay and Go West completed second of their races. Keep Away Fay might have completed with extra daylight on the way in which spherical however there was loads of promise in the way in which he stored on effectively behind a extra skilled rival. He is an efficient horse, ran effectively, and with a clearer run he would in all probability have received.
We could have loads of entries within the days forward earlier than we ship first rate groups to Sandown and Musselburgh on Saturday and once more to Musselburgh on Sunday.
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