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SIR VALENTINO (FR)

The yard was hit with a devastating blow at Sandown on Saturday when SIR VALENTINO (FR) tragically lost his life after falling at the final fence in the Tingle Creek. He was a fantastic, kind hearted horse who provided us all with many fond memories after joining the yard from France as a four year old. He made unbelievable progress during his career to amass £240,000 in prize money. The highlights included his win in the 2016 Haldon Gold Cup and his third in the prestigious Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year. Our sincere condolences go to his owners Doone Hulse, Susie Saunders and Lady Cobham, he will be sorely missed by all. Thank you to those of you who have sent kind messages.

ROCKLANDER

ROCKLANDER (IRE) was the easy winner of an eventful 2m4f Beginners Chase at Ludlow yesterday on his first start over fences. He made a bad blunder at the first but recovered quickly and was foot perfect for the remainder of the race. His two closest rivals departed over the final line of fences leaving him to score by 50+ lengths! He improved thirty pounds in the handicap last season but we’ve always felt chasing would be his game.

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.

Singlefarmpayment Confirmed for Saturday

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT has been confirmed for the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

DANDY DUKE (IRE)

DANDY DUKE (IRE) shrugged off a 686 day absence with ease at Chepstow yesterday to win the 2m7f Fujitsu Handicap Hurdle. He looked the likely winner a long way from home and stayed on strongly to pull eleven lengths clear of his rivals on the run in. He has come out of the race well but we have decided against running him under a penalty at Exeter on Sunday so hopefully the handicapper isn’t too harsh. He remains very lightly raced and should continue to progress on his favoured soft ground this Winter.

The Worlds End (Ire)

THE WORLD’S END (IRE) schooled well under Adrian yesterday and will make his seasonal reappearance at Haydock on Saturday in the Betfair Stayers Handicap Hurdle over 2m7f.

 

 

Weekend Runners

The entry board is filling up for next weekend.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE and SIR VALENTINO both have entries at Ascot on Saturday. DOUBLE SHUFFLE is entered in the Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase and SIR VALENTINO is in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase.

THE WORLDS END has been confirmed for the Grade 3 Betfair Stayers Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

All of the horses will work and school during the week before a final decision is made.

RUK – This Racing Life

Racing UK were in the yard today filming a feature named ‘This Racing Life’. It’s scheduled to go out after racing at Kempton on Wednesday, and then an hour prior to live racing next Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

BOYHOOD (IRE)

BOYHOOD (IRE) made a winning reappearance at Lingfield today in the 2m3f Handicap Hurdle. He tracked the clear leader before taking it up two from home to win readily. Stephen Smith & The Gabbertas Family look to have an exciting season ahead with him and their other promising youngster ANOTHER STOWAWAY (IRE).

 

BABY KING (IRE)

BABY KING (IRE) proved tremendously game at Aintree on Saturday to secure his second win over fences in the valuable 2m 188Bet Handicap Chase. He looked held in third jumping the last before battling tenaciously to get up by a nose in the final strides! The winning margin meant the handicapper could only put him up three pounds. He should be capable of following up and I’m sure there will be no shortage of his favoured soft ground over the next few months. There was an amusing article in the Racing Post yesterday explaining why his owners named their partnership after one of Tom’s well known phrases ‘About Two Weeks’.

NET DE TREVE (FR) & DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) were both non runners at the weekend due to the heavy overnight rain.

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