Le Prezien ran right up to form on Saturday in failing by a short head to give sixteen pounds to the smart youngster Monsieur Lecoq in a tremendous finish to the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.
It was the second year in succession he has been runner up in the race and unfortunately he will be out for a while after striking into himself. We will know more in a few days.
Le Prezien’s injury occurred during a frustrating weekend for the team. Oleg, a ready winner at Wincanton earlier in the month, burst a blood vessel early on at Kempton on Sunday and Malaya sustained a little cut at Market Rasen when finishing third on her first start over fences. She will be be fine and like some of mine at the moment will come on for the outing.
We have had eight winners in the past fortnight which is encouraging but a few, like Birds of Prey and Grand Sancy at Kempton, have just been needing the run first time out.
Grand Sancy ran a fine race at the weights until falling at the final flight and will now go chasing.
I’d say we are probably a little bit behind where we have been in recent years at this stage as we have a lovely bunch of young horses and I have deliberately not been hard on them.
We have plenty of entries this week and will also have runners at Cheltenham, Aintree and Wincanton at the weekend.
Frodon goes to Aintree on Sunday looking to repeat last year’s success in the Grade 2 Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase over two and a half miles. He enjoyed a spin round Wincanton in the week with Clan Des Obeaux who is also in top order.
For the latest news on my runners this weekend please be sure to check out my Betfair column which goes live at 5pm on Friday.