Three winners over the weekend brought our score for November to thirty which is one short of the best we have ever achieved in a single month in February this year.
With seventy five winners on the board for the season and over £800,000 in prize money our horses has been tremendous form and we are understandably keen to maintain the current strike rate as another busy week beckons starting with runners at Ludlow and Kempton today. If we can manage another five winners before the start of December then hopefully we can kick on and try to reach the target of a century by the end of the year.
I was positive about the chances of Clan Des Obeaux in the run up to the Betfair Chase on Saturday as he was hard fit and training very well but my hopes were dashed by the best part of an inch of rain that fell at Haydock on the day.
Clan still ran a mighty race but he would have preferred better ground while the testing conditions favoured Bristol de Mai who was a thoroughly worthy winner. I now have nearly five weeks to freshen up Clan for his bid to win the King George V1 Chase for the third year running.
Earlier at Haydock Master Tommytucker looked every inch a top notched as he made all the running in the Betfair Graduation Chase. His jumping was sound, he seemed to enjoy racing left handed and the obvious race for him at the Cheltenham Festival is the Ryanair Chase.
We had a frustrating day on Saturday at Ascot where Real Steel was third on his debut for us in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase and Black Corton slipped on landing and unseated Bryony Frost. I’d expect Real Steel to improve for the run.
Laurina then bled on her debut for the yard in the Coral Hurdle. She is not easy to train, had issues with breaking blood vessels last season and future plans are on hold.
On Friday at Ascot it was good to see Danny Kirwan win impressively on his second start of the season. He has had a stop start campaign over the past couple of years but he is getting it together now and has always been a chaser in the making. He could be interesting in the Challow Hurdle if the ground came up testing.
Tamaroc Du Mathan was another to shine on his chasing debut in a novice handicap at Wincanton on Thursday. His jumping had been great at home from day one but he just needed an age to mature. He is an exciting prospect, looked a class apart at Wincanton and if conditions suit he is likely to be out again at Newbury this Friday under a penalty in a 0-140 novice handicap.
Others likely to run at Newbury include McFabulous in the long distance hurdle, and Secret Investor in the Ladbroke Trophy provided the ground is decent. Truckers Lodge has an option of running in the same race if the going turns soft which sounds unlikely given the current forecast.
For all the latest news on my runners on Saturday please be sure to check on my Betfair column which goes live late on Friday afternoon.