We’ve had a incredible Christmas and New Yr, with fourteen winners in the final two weeks.
Clearly the King George was the spotlight however there have been some big performances from everybody in the yard. Let’s hope we will maintain it going!
It’s Tolworth day at Sandown and we’ve acquired two runners in the Grade 1 occasion, a race Dad hasn’t gained since Breedsbreeze did the enterprise in 2008.
This yr, Southfield Stone is arguably our largest hope.
He’s a big, robust horse who’s improved masses this yr and gained for the third time on the bounce at Taunton final month.
It’s arduous to understand how good he is as he’s dominated his races with out each wanting in any hassle.
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- 12 Do not write off Might Chew simply but!
- 13 Beneath the radar
- 14 Clan can
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Harry rides him over our different contender and we’re eager to take on this type of firm off a mark of 140, quite than going straight into handicaps.
Grand Sancy is the extra uncovered of our pair and to date has just about accomplished every part we’ve requested of him.
He gained a Listed contest two begins in the past earlier than ending a good fourth behind Cheltenham Pageant winner Mohaayed in a actually aggressive handicap at Ascot.
It’s been unbelievable to see his progress and I wouldn’t rule him out just because he has that little bit extra expertise than the relaxation.
I had a close to miss aboard Darkish Alliance earlier in the week, ending second behind a well-handicapped one.
It’s a disgrace not to get his head in entrance however we ran into a higher horse on the day who did unimaginable occasions from the prime bend.
He’s been unfortunate and hopefully subsequent time we will put it proper!
Earlier on the card we run Capeland in the 12.45, a handicap chase over two miles.
He’s one other that’s improved massively this summer time, profitable three of his final 4 begins.
Though he’s not been the best to practice, we expect we’ve acquired to the backside of him now – no matter Dad’s achieved, it’s clearly working!
He’s in nice type and if something we’d be making an attempt to discover excuses not to run, moderately than the different means spherical.
He’s the type horse in the race and travels and jumps nicely so I reckon he’ll be on it sufficient to deal with a 7lb rise.
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Saintemilion goes in the final, a handicap hurdle over two miles.
We don’t know a lot about him as he’s had simply the one begin for us, back in 2016.
He’s not had the smoothest of runs via and has picked up a couple of accidents, however the work he’s finished up to now at residence has been promising.
It’s going to be fairly an ask for him to win but when he completed in the first 5 or 6 I’d be delighted.
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We haven’t obtained a runner in the 1.50, however it’s value touching on as it sees the return of stylish type Laurina.
She’s been certainly one of the big speaking horses this yr and though we haven’t seen her out but, she looks a very, excellent mare.
Willie’s insisted on her having tender floor to begin off and she will get that now, so ought to win this simply.
She’s miles ahead of her different three rivals on scores, but when one in every of them is to give her a race it is going to be Noel Williams’ Sensulano, who gained at Cheltenham final time.
Meg cannot wait to see Laurina in motion
Over at Wincanton, we now have a few runners at Dad’s favorite monitor.
San Satiro begins us off in the 1.05, a handicap chase over three miles.
He’s had one begin over fences up to now, when he unseated back in Might.
It wasn’t the biggest begin however he’s had a summer time break since then and we’re eager to attempt him over the bigger obstacles once more.
He’s a big, stuffy horse who has taken a couple of runs to get match, so the reality he’s been eighth on each outings since isn’t a big fear.
This isn’t an excessively aggressive race however he’s operating off prime weight and there are a couple in there with bits and items of type.
He’s schooled nicely, although, and the step up to three miles ought to be excellent.
Do not write off Might Chew simply but!
There’s been a lot of chat this week about Might Chew, who’s off to have a cauterisation operation after a tame run in the King George.
I’m a agency believer that some races take it out of horses and I feel that was the case with Might Chew and the Gold Cup.
I wouldn’t write him off but by any means as he was certainly one of the prime stayers final season.
Dad and Clifford place a lot of religion in cauterisations and I’d say 9 occasions out of ten, the horse will present enchancment.
Individuals overlook that he additionally broke a blood vessel in the King George which might have defined why he ran so poorly.
In the Gold Cup itself, we clearly assume Clan Des Obeaux has a large probability, but when I had to pinpoint risks they might be Thistlecrack and Presenting Percy.
Thistlecrack has the greatest type (aside from ours!), whereas Presenting Percy is a full unknown.
I’d be nervous about the reality he hasn’t run but this season, for all that connections are ready for good circumstances.
It’s a very open contest, however at the second we’re sitting fairly!
Final-time-out Newbury winner Kapcorse gained rather well that day and looks a sensible horse in the making.
Bryony will get on rather well with him and has gained on him twice now.
He’s not been the best to place over fences so the apparent choice was to ship him back hurdling and benefit from his novice standing.
Hopefully he’ll be too good in a race of this nature.
We’re sending The Dellercheckout over fences for the first time in the 2.05 as he’s been a bit disappointing over hurdles.
He’s not been ending his races off that properly so we’re placing on a tongue-tie and, as a level winner, we’re hoping to see enchancment now.
It’s a aggressive race so he’ll want to step up.
Group Ditcheat had a double at Exeter earlier in the week
Magoo goes in the 2.40, a handicap hurdle over an prolonged two-and-a-half.
He’s back over hurdles now after falling final time over fences however was unfortunate then and has schooled properly since.
Sadly he carries prime weight however Alex Thorne takes off 7lb which is useful as he’s gained on him earlier than.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see him run nicely and seize a place.
I think about he’ll go back novice chasing after this.
Beneath the radar
A horse we purchased from France in the spring referred to as Eritage is this week’s horse to comply with.
He’s a beautiful, big horse and has completed his work actually properly.
I’ve been very impressed with him and though we have now no plans for him simply but, he’s one to hold an eye fixed on.
I’m excited to see Copain De Classe back in the three.15, a handicap chase over two-and-a-half miles.
He’s a pretty, big horse who hasn’t been the best to practice as he’s picked up foolish niggles right here and there.
He gained impressively first outing, operating by means of the line, however didn’t leap so nicely final time and it’s potential we turned him out a bit too shortly beneath a penalty.
Since then we’ve freshened him up and he’s scholled nicely.
I reckon he’ll run a large race.
My Approach goes in the final, a maiden hurdle over two miles.
He’s been certainly one of our big speaking horses this yr and a lot of individuals like him – together with us!
We began him off in a Grade 2 at Sandown, the place he travelled like the winner however simply couldn’t fairly quicken in the heavy floor.
Greaneteen additionally ran midfield that day however has come out and gained since, so hopefully this fellow can emulate him.
He appears in nice type at house and the drop back to two miles ought to go well with.
If he’s something like as good as we expect he is then he has a large probability.
A fast phrase on Clan Des Obeaux, who gave Dad is tenth King George winner on Boxing Day.
He’s a humorous little horse who isn’t flashy in his work however has been in sensible type ever since the race.
There are not any plans but however all choices are open to him and he stays a very thrilling Gold Cup prospect.
Most of our horses have been operating out of their pores and skin however there are two I’d like to point out above the relaxation.
Previous Guard has been such a hero and ran a cracking race in the Relkeel Hurdle.
He completed third in the finish however got here to the last flight with each probability and simply couldn’t fairly match the entrance two.
He tries his coronary heart out and actually deserves one so it might be nice to go a couple of locations higher subsequent time, each time that could be.
Cliffs Of Dover is my little legend and did precisely what I stated he’d do in my earlier column.
He noticed the prolonged two mile two journey out nicely at Exeter, profitable by six lengths, and will in all probability head to Cheltenham for the Martin Pipe.
Bryony will get on rather well with him and if he retains progressing, he should have each probability.