Cliffs of Dover and Greaneteen both won decisively at Exeter on January 1 while the same day the ever reliable Old Guard was placed again in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Two days earlier Posh Trish again looked very good in winning the Listed Hurdle at Taunton where Friend or Foe won nicely on his debut for us.
Greaneteen is a lovely young prospect who tanked through the race at Exeter and Cliffs of Dover is a hardy dual purpose horse who is on course for the Martin Pipe Hurdle at Cheltenham. Posh Trish is improving fast and could be interesting in the mares’ novice hurdle at the Festival.
On Saturday Capeland and Grand Sancy both went close at Sandown while Kapcorse won as he should have done on his return to hurdles at Wincanton.
Capeland struggled in the tacky ground before staying on to be beaten only half a length by Darebin in the two mile handicap chase. He will have a short break now and could be one for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham.
I was thrilled with the way Grand Sancy and Southfield Stone ran in the Tolworth Hurdle. Grand Sancy is getting better and better and was beaten only half a length by Elixir De Nutz while Southfield Stone was bang with them going to the last before tiring late on. He would prefer better ground. Both horses will go on the easy list for a month before we prepare them for some nice races in the spring.
Copain De Classe didn’t get home over two and a half miles at Wincanton so we will drop him back in trip next time. The big disappointment of the day was My Way who left me scratching my head after he ran no sort of race in the novice hurdle and would not have blown a candle out afterwards. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I rate him very highly and am embarrassed that I put him up as my best bet of the day in my Betfair column.
We’ve run tests on My Way and haven’t found anything wrong and it could be that he is one of those French horses that take an age to acclimatise.
Perhaps he will not come into his own until he goes over fences.
This coming weekend Ibis Du Rheu could go for Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick while Darling Maltaix will again be ridden by Lorcan Williams in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.
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