Racing is back on track
Firstly, we would like to say congratulations to young Paul Nicholls on his 8-timer last weekend. He must have finally begun listening to the master trainer’s advice and, if he keeps it up, we’re making a bold prediction that he may just be a future champion trainer.
Back to our own runners and Baddesley Knight ran a cracking race at Plumpton last week, just getting touched off by two decent bumper horses who were both carrying 6lbs less. He has come out of the race well and we will try and find an easier race for him next time out – if possible!
Ballyheigue Bay looked back to his best form on his return to hurdles but, sadly Tom fell off.
Seaweed was going very well on his first run over fences but, sadly Tom fell off.
Down at Fontwell Mount Windsor made a very promising debut to finish second in the Bumper, ridden by Harry Reed, who didn’t fall off. The result showed the difficulty smaller yards being able to stay competitive in the current climate, with the winner being 1/6 favourite and having cost £160,000.
Maquisard ran well to finish second under 12st to a well handicapped horse at Sandown last Friday, with the winner already winning again since. Masquiard has an entry at Plumpton on Monday, but it will probably come a bit quick for him and he is unlikely to run.
Tomorrow at Fontwell, Don’t Tell George has his first run since a wind operation. He has been pleasing us at home but, we won’t know how effective the operation has been until he comes under pressure during the race.
Further ahead in the week there is another Plumpton meeting on Monday, where Shut The Box and Reallyradical will run against each other in the 3.00 Maiden Hurdle. It will be Shut The Box’s first run over hurdles so we hope it will be a nice experience for him, while the trip may just be on the short side for Reallyradical.
Desiremoi D’Authie is entered in the 3.30 Handicap Hurdle and a bold run is expected after his good run last month.
Jimmy is entered in the 4.40 Handicap Hurdle and will run if he can get in.