CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE)

CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE) impressed on his racecourse debut in the competitive bumper at Stratford yesterday. He travelled well throughout and could be called the winner a long way from home. He looks a very exciting prospect for his owners Phil Nelson, David McDermott, John French and Tim Syder.

Cheltenham Tuesday Runners

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT and A GOOD SKIN (IRE) have both been declared in the 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase over 3m1f.  SINGLEFARMPAYMENT has a fantastic record at Cheltenham, he’s won on both of his completed starts there and looked set to make his mark last time out before being brought down at the 12th fence. He’s continued to progress throughout the season and a win off a mark of 142 looks well within his grasp. Adrian rides. We are delighted that A GOOD SKIN (IRE) managed to sneak in at the bottom of the weights. He’s won over C&D and finished second in the Kim Muir at last year’s festival off a four pound higher mark. Since then he’s put in some fair efforts on ground that didn’t suit. He’s known to flourish in the Spring and all of his best efforts have come on good ground. Richard Johnson steps in for the ride.

BUN DORAN (IRE) runs in the 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase over 2m4f (0-140). He’s a lightly raced individual who shows enormous amounts of ability when things fall right for him. He was the comfortable winner of a 2m4f chase around Newcastle in December before struggling on the soft ground in a Grade 2 Novices Chase at Haydock. Adrian rides.

We are fortunate to have two runners in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday – GOD’S OWN (IRE) and SIR VALENTINO (FR). Both have had an excellent prep going into the race and will be suited by the good ground.

Weekend Runners

We have three runners declared at Warwick on Sunday.
ARCTIC LADY (IRE) and SONG SAA both run in the 2:50 Mares Novices Handicap Chase over 2m4f (0-125). ARCTIC LADY (IRE) makes her chase/handicap debut off a mark of 107. She schools well at home and we feel she will be more suited to chasing. SONG SAA bids for a hat-trick of wins, she is expected to carry 12-4 in the race so Noel George has been booked to ride and will claim seven pounds.
ANOTHER STOWAWAY (IRE) has been declared in the 5:30 National Hunt Flat Race over 2m. As mentioned last week he looks one to follow next season on his novice hurdle campaign.

ATR Feature

Mike Cattermole was in the yard on Friday morning to film a feature on the Cheltenham and Aintree runners for At The Races. The weather was horrendous but they still managed to get some nice shots of the horses on the gallops.  It’s due to be shown on Friday afternoon.

OVERAWED

OVERAWED secured her first win for owner/breeder Liz Fletcher at Southwell yesterday in the 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle. She was left in front two from home after the favourite slipped on landing. She needed plenty of encouragement from Adrian to jump the last whilst 30+ lengths in front of the other runners! She has come out of the race very well so hopefully the handicapper will give her a chance to follow up.

BEHIND THE WIRE (IRE)

BEHIND THE WIRE (IRE) put in a very promising performance at Newbury on Friday to win the competitive 2m6f Novices Handicap Chase for the Crossed Fingers Partnership. He made all and stayed on strongly to win with plenty in hand. His jumping improves with every outing and he will continue to progress on his favoured ground in the spring. It was nice to give Paddy Brennan a winner whilst Adrian was on a suspension.

Weekend Runners

We have 6 runners at Newbury tomorrow, all ridden by Adrian.

O’MAONLAI (IRE) runs in the feature race of the day, the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 2m4f. He wasn’t the only horse caught out by the 3m trip on very soft conditions at Haydock last time out. His two wins have both come at Newbury and the good to soft ground will suit.

NO DUFFER turned 10 at the start of the year and has his first run against fellow veterans in the 2:05.  He pulled up at Kempton last time out after struggling to cope with the sharp track. He wouldn’t want the ground turning any softer than it is at present.

SUMKINDOFKING (IRE) makes his handicap debut in the 2:40 Handicap Hurdle over 2m (0-140). He was the impressive winner of a bumper and maiden hurdle before finishing midfield in a competitive listed event at Cheltenham to earn a mark of 130.

GET RHYTHM (IRE) has been declared in the 3:50 Novices Handicap Hurdle over 2m (0-120). He has some good novice hurdle form and looks well in off a mark of 112. His owner Julie Hoskins is sponsoring a race at the Beaufort Hunt Point-to-Point tomorrow so has a busy day ahead trying to squeeze in both meetings!

MAX WARD (IRE) takes on a small but competitive field in the 4:25 Jackie Upton Trophy Novices Handicap Chase over 2m4f.  We have a great record in the race, winning it on 4 occasions in the last 10 years. He finished second last time out at Newbury over 2m after staying on strongly so the extra few furlongs should suit.

ANOTHER STOWAWAY (IRE) runs in the 5:00 National Hunt Flat Race over 2m. This will probably be his last run of the campaign before an extended holiday. He looks an exciting prospect for novice hurdles next season.

BALLINVARRIG (IRE)

BALLINVARRIG (IRE) followed up his recent win at Wincanton today in the valuable 2m4f Handicap Chase. He was up 10 pounds for his victory at Leicester but he passed his rivals with ease turning for home and ran out a convincing winner. Adrian felt he was in front a little longer than ideal but Ballin was keen to get on with things and keeping him sweet during his races appears to be the key to him finding his form. Hopefully the handicapper gives him a chance to bid for a hat-trick for Simon Clarke & Sisters.

Weekend Results

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) ran a fantastic race in the Grade 3 Bet Bright Chase at Kempton on Saturday to finish a close second behind Pilgrims Bay (Ire). He jumped well throughout barring one blunder up the straight which he did well to recover from. He will bypass his  entries at the Cheltenham Festival and head straight to Aintree for the Grand National. Following the shocking first forfeit stage on Tuesday he now carries 10-11 and SAINT ARE (FR) only needs two more rivals to come out of the race to secure his place.

Weekend Runners

We have four runners declared this weekend.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) returns to Kempton tomorrow for the feature race of the day, the Grade 3 Bet Bright Handicap Chase over 3m (Formerly known as The Racing Post Chase). He was last seen winning over C&D when a first time hood appeared to have the desired effect of helping him settle out in front. He’s up six pounds for that win but he’s in great form and the better ground conditions are ideal. He’s currently co favourite to provide the yard with our third winner in the race after NACARAT (FR) took the crown in 2009 and 2012. Adrian Heskin rides.

Owner Simon Clarke has a busy day at Chepstow tomorrow with three runners to look forward to.

MODULE (FR) has been declared in the 4:15 Handicap Chase over 2m. He pulled up on his latest start at Cheltenham in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup after a costly mistake at the 13th. He was quite sore after the race so our physio Jackie Murphy has been treating him with lasers to help speed up his recovery. We are confident he retains plenty of ability and will hopefully prove this when things fall right for him. Jonathon Moore is booked to ride and takes off a valuable three pounds.

BROOM TIP (IRE) and HARDROCK DAVIES (FR) both start in the 1:55 Maiden Hurdle over 2m3f.

BROOM TIP (IRE) is full brother to the smart hurdler Invitation Only (IRE) who has now notched up four wins for Willie Mullins. He makes his debut over hurdles and should appreciate the step up in trip, Jonathon Moore(3) rides.

HARDROCK DAVIES (FR) ran with promise on his two bumper starts last season. He wasn’t a natural when introduced to the schooling ground but showed improvement after spending a week with Alan Walters in Somerset for some loose schooling. Conditional jockey Brendan Brooks rides and claims seven pounds. Brendan has spent the week attending the Conditional Jockeys Course at the British Racing School. When his English licence is granted next week he will claim a valuable ten pounds when riding for Tom.

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