With 23 winners in the last fifteen days our team continues on a roll with a strike rate well in excess of 33%.
Seven winners over Monday and Tuesday at the start of the week were followed by doubles on Thursday and Friday with Magic Saint giving us a bright start to the three day Paddy Power meeting with a fluent success ridden by Bryan Carver in the two mile handicap Chase. He was bouncing on Sunday morning so I have the option of running him again quickly at Ascot.
Things got tougher once the rain reached Cheltenham on Saturday and the ground became very testing , Quite a few of ours cannot handle the ground at the course once it becomes so deep and lots of good horses from other yards also ran poorly over the two days.
But Quel Destin ran well in his first Novice Chase although he looks like he now needs a step up in trip to two and a half miles.
I was scratching my head after Hell Red was pulled up towards the end of the juvenile hurdle. He ate up that night and was right as rain on Sunday morning so we scoped him on Monday and found he needed a breathing operation which is being done on Wednesday. He wont be back until the end of January.
Saint Sonnet was another to run below expectations in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He moved into contention three out full of running then was beaten by the home turn. Knowing how fit he was I wonder if he is one of those horses that travel so strongly over a trip but really want two miles but am sure will leave that run behind him .
On Sunday Duc De Genievres ran a blinder on his debut for us in the Shloer Chase, had them all on the stretch at half-way and was only reeled in late on by the Arkle winner Put On The Kettle.
He wasn’t at his best last season when trained in Ireland, is bound to improve for the outing and could be an interesting contender for the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton’s Xmas meeting.
Yala Enki came tantalisingly close to landing the long distance Chase under top weight. He jumped, travelled, made much of the running, sprinted up the run in and was only beaten a whisker by Ramses de Teillee. Yala Enki stays all day and would be a serious player in a soft ground Grand National. He next runs in the Beecher Chase .
We are gearing up for a big weekend with the dual King George winner Clan Des Obeaux on course for the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies while Harry Cobden will be at Ascot for Real Steel in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot over two miles, five furlongs and Laurina in the Coral Hurdle.
I’m very happy with Clan who has done plenty at home and also enjoyed a recent away day with Politologue.
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