SIR VALENTINO (FR) & CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE)

SIR VALENTINO (IRE) bounced back to form at Ascot on Saturday and provided his owners with another memorable day after winning the valuable 2m1f Shawbrook Handicap Chase. The ground was much more to his liking and he stayed on bravely after taking the lead two out to scoop the £62,560 prize!  We weighed him on Monday and he was four kilos heavier having had a couple of days off which proves what a hardy horse he is! He will be entered in the Tingle Creek at Sandown next Saturday to keep our options open, and the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on the 27th December where he finished second behind Special Tiara last season.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) ran a fantastic race in defeat in the Grade 2 Christy Chase over 2m5f. He’s proved he can be competitive at the top level and we are confident there is more to come over his optimum trip of 3m. He has an entry in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day and if the ground ends up good we wouldn’t rule him out!

As expected CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE) made the perfect start to his hurdling career at Huntingdon on Saturday. He jumped well under conditional jockey Cairan Gethings and accomplished it with the minimum of fuss. He looks a very exciting horse for the future but we will take things one step at a time. He could step up in class at Cheltenham on the 15th December in the 2m National Hunt Novices Hurdle.

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