Greatwood Hurdle

We have two runners in the Grade 3 Stan James Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday. Paddy rides DEXCITE (FR) who sneaks in at the bottom of the weights. We feel it is worth taking a chance with him whilst he is at the right end of the handicap and if it’s too much to ask at this stage we have the option of reverting back to novice hurdles. Jamie Bargary claims five pounds off OLOFI (FR). We tried a change of tactics which didn’t work out when he finished sixth in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on Sunday. He has come on from that run and we should see him back to his best at his favoured track.

Bangor-On-Dee

Former Irish point-to-point winner WILD WEST WIND (IRE) made a very promising start to his career in the bumper at Bangor earlier today. He led for most of the way and stayed on well to finish second behind the highly regarded Compadre (Ire). He will be switched to hurdles next time out and will be suited by a step up in trip.

Nacarat’s full brother BARAZA (FR) showed further improvement to finish fourth in the 2m novices hurdle and should continue to progress for his owner Simon Clarke.

Holiday Let

Steanbridge Farm Barn is available to rent this weekend for a discounted price of £500. If anyone is interested in staying at the barn after racing on Friday through to Sunday please email sophiegeorge@btinternet.com

Cross Country Schooling

KILBREE KID (IRE) and SAINT ARE (FR) had a trip away to Lyneham Heath Equestrian Centre in Oxfordshire this morning to school over some cross country fences. Tom led them on Jazz over the first few and was quite pleased when they got the hang of things!

KILBREE KID (IRE) will definitely run in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

SAINT ARE (FR) appeared to thoroughly enjoy himself so this should open up more options on his campaign towards going one better in the Grand National.

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BUN DORAN (IRE)

BUN DORAN (IRE) made a very impressive debut at Chepstow yesterday when winning the Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race for the Crossed Fingers Partnership. He travelled strongly throughout and never came off the bridle under a confident looking Paddy Brennan. He will more than likely switch to hurdles next time out and looks a very exciting prospect for the future.

Happy Halloween!

The lads on the yard all took part in a pumpkin carving competition this week after jockey Paddy Brennan very kindly offered a £100 prize to the winner. The standard was extremely high and work rider Sherri-Anne took the honours for her fantastic wolf design.

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ROC D’APSIS

The good form of the yard continued at Stratford earlier today when ROC D’APSIS (FR) won the Subaru Supports Point-to-Point Racing Handicap Chase. He looked the likely winner of this race twelve months ago before slipping three out, it’s taken a long time to regain his confidence but hopefully he will now continue to progress for owners David Rae and Diane Fudge. Their day was made even better when they won £5000 from the ROA Owners Jackpot!

Weekend Results

WHATS HAPPENING (IRE) provided owners David Rae and David McDermott with a fantastic day at Cheltenham on Saturday when winning the feature race on the card.  He could return to Cheltenham in November to run over an extended trip or alternatively tackle the big fences at Aintree in the Becher Chase.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) made a very encouraging debut over fences, finishing second in the competitive 2m4f novice chase.

FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) gained his first win in a handicap at Wincanton on Sunday when comfortably winning the Desert Orchid Silver Cup for owners Richard & Michelle Cornock.

 

Weekend Runners

We have a busy weekend ahead with 5 runners.

Noel Fehily rides WHATS HAPPENING (IRE) in the 3:20 Handicap Chase over 3m1f at Cheltenham tomorrow.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) makes his debut over fences in the 4:30 Novices Chase over 2m4f. He was the winner of his only 2 novice hurdles last season and we have always felt he would improve further when switched to the larger obstacles.

SOME ARE LUCKY (IRE) has his first outing under rules in the 5:40 National Hunt Flat Race over 2m. He joined the yard in April after being placed in two Irish point-to-points, finishing four lengths behind Petit Mouchoir (Ire) who went on to win the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown Festival.

FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) heads to Wincanton on Sunday for the 2:45 Handicap Chase over 3m2f (0-140). He will appreciate finally getting the chance to run on his favoured good ground, Daryl Jacob rides.

SMOKING JACKET (IRE) is our only runner at Aintree on Sunday in the 4:00 Novices Handicap Hurdle over 2m4f (0-115).

Cheltenham

We have 2 horses declared for Cheltenham tomorrow.

A GOOD SKIN in the 3:55 Novices Chase over 3m (Paddy Brennan) and SIR VALENTINO in the 5:40 Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle over 2m (Jamie Bargary).

 

 

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