The good run of luck continued for Roger Brookhouse when BLACK OP (IRE) ran out the easy winner of the Maiden Hurdle at Doncaster today. The step up to 2m5f appeared to suit, he made all and drew clear of his rivals approaching the last to win by seventeen lengths. We’ve always held him in very high regard and he will step him up in class next time out. Both horses are by Sandmason, an unfashionable stallion who only covered five mares last season at a reduced fee of £1,000. He’s now proved he is clearly capable of fathering a good horse and I’m sure he will be busier this Spring!


SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE) provided the yard with our eight grade one winner at Sandown on Saturday in the 2m 32 Red Tolworth Novices Hurdle. The strong pace set by the leader was much more too his liking, he settled nicely and showed plenty of stamina to overcome a last flight blunder and win by four lengths. Noel Fehily is confident he will stay further which opens up a few more Cheltenham Festival options to deliberate over with owner Roger Brookhouse.


BOYHOOD (IRE) got 2018 off to a great start when winning the Bet Bright Casino Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. He has plenty of ability but he’s mentally quite immature and has a tendency to hang left or right! Paddy did a great job encouraging him up the hill, providing Stephen Smith & The Gabbertas Family with their first Cheltenham winner and a very memorable day. Now he’s got the hang of things he should continue to progress.


ROCKLANDER (IRE) secured his second win over fences at Newbury on Saturday in the 2m6f Betfred Limited Novices Handicap Chase. He jumped well from the front and stayed on bravely when challenged by the smart runner up two from home. He’s made superb progress since joining the yard two years ago to reach a career high mark of 142 and there looks to be more big days ahead for his owners Phil Nelson, Dermot O’Donohoe and John Cavanagh. His next target is undecided but we will hopefully see him in the competitive handicaps at the Spring festivals.

As expected AIR NAVIGATOR was the convincing winner of the Platt Bridge National Hunt Flat Race at Haydock on Saturday under Noel George. The ground was softer than ideal but his class came to the fore and he stayed on strongly to win by nine lengths. He looks a very exciting prospect for owners Lady Cobham and Doone Hulse and we look forward to his forthcoming novice hurdle campaign.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) – Second in the King George

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) ran an unbelievable race to finish second in the 32 Red King George VI Chase at Kempton yesterday. He jumped and travelled well throughout before staying on strongly to finish a length behind Might Bite (Ire). He is in the form of his life but he slightly surprised us all beating rivals rated 170+ on ground that was softer than ideal. I’m sure his long term target for the Crossed Fingers Partnership will be to have a crack at the Gold Cup but immediate plans are undecided. He is sure to have a big day ahead of him.


THE BIG BITE (IRE) made an impressive debut for the yard at Huntingdon today winning the competitive bumper for his owners Heather Haddock & Neal Griffith. He defied a penalty in good style, despite looking a little green in the closing stages. He’s a horse who will improve enormously for another summer at grass so it may be that we give him a quieter period now before targeting one of the Champion Bumpers at the Spring Festivals.

Weekend Results

STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) landed the valuable 2m3f Handicap Hurdle at Hereford on Saturday for owner J P McManus. He travelled well throughout and showed a good turn of foot to pull clear of his rivals after the last. He’s crept up the handicap twenty pounds since winning his first hurdle race at the same track twelve months ago, we could see further improvement on his favoured better ground.

BUN DORAN (IRE) made a very promising seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham on Saturday to finish second in the 2m Handicap Chase. We are confident he has a big handicap win ahead of him.

SUPER SID (IRE) made a winning debut for the yard at Southwell yesterday in the competitive 2m Maiden Hurdle. There was plenty to like about his performance, he jumped and travelled nicely before taking the lead approaching the last and holding on to win by a short head. Adrian felt he would have no problem stepping up in trip so there will be plenty of options for him going forward.

Noel George made it a double on the day steering DANDY DUKE (IRE) to victory in the 3m Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle. His stamina came to the fore in the closing stages and he won with quite a bit in hand. His handicap mark is due to go up nine pounds next week so he could head to Chepstow on Wednesday under a penalty where he is likely to get his favoured bottomless ground.


WILD WEST WIND (IRE) was the convincing winner of the Welsh National Trial at Chepstow on Saturday and it was excellent that his owner Simon Clarke was there to lead him into the winners enclosure. He jumped well in front throughout and stayed on strongly in the testing conditions to secure his third win over fences. He loves Chepstow and looks an ideal candidate for the Welsh National on the 27th December.


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.


THE ROMFORD PELE (IRE) continued his resurgence in form to make it back-to-back wins at Leicester on Sunday in the valuable Wymeswold Veterans’ Handicap Chase. He travelled well throughout and found plenty in the closing stages to win by four lengths. After winning two qualifiers he looks an ideal candidate for the Veterans Series Final held at Sandown on the 6th January. The better ground and plenty of time to recover between his races appears to be the key to him so he will only take his chance in the final if everything is right for him on the day. The £100,000 in prize money could make it very tempting!

WESTERN WAVE (FR) ran well to finish second on the same card in the 2m4f Handicap Hurdle after some bad luck in running. We are sure he will provide the Quartet Syndicate with some compensation soon!

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