Cheltenham Festival 2018
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The Winners Start To Flow And Two Big Scottish Grand National Chances

Stable Talk with Neil Mulholland

It has been a fantastic week for the yard with the team in flying form and hopefully that can continue with the sun finally making an appearance

The ground was testing at Ffos Las on Sunday but that didn’t bother Solomn Grundy as he won the 3m handicap hurdle in taking fashion. It was a fantastic display off top weight and overall it has been an excellent season for a horse who continues to go the right way.

We were fortunate enough to pick up a double at the weekend with Moving In Style getting his head in front at Plumpton in the 3m1f handicap hurdle. It was his second win in quick succession for the horse which is pleasing, and Phillip Donovan is the ideal partner.

It wasn’t all positive at the Sussex venue with Irish Odyssey disappointing in the bumper, but Nico De Boinville looked after the horse and most importantly he will be back to fight another day.

The pleasing run of results continued at Exeter on Tuesday with Rainy Day Dylan showing his quality to win the 2m2f handicap hurdle. It was a 2nd win in just four races for a horse who likes testing conditions, and hopefully he can prove to be a strong addition to the novice chasing team in the autumn.

We had a terrific two days at Cheltenham in midweek with Kalondra once again putting in another excellent display to finish 3rd in the Silver Trophy. He was a touch keen which may have cost us the win, although overall it was a lovely run from a horse who continues to star for the yard.

He will have a little break now, but we hope there is a big race in him and the Summer Plate at Market Rasen and Galway Plate are potential targets.

Queens’ Magic met plenty of trouble in-running during the mares’ bumper at Prestbury Park on Thursday, but she still managed to finish a close up 3rd place which was a strong effort.  Thankfully she has come home none the worse for wear and a novice hurdling campaign is now on the agenda over the summer.

Looking ahead, we have a busy weekend with three horses heading to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National meeting on Saturday afternoon.

Impulsive Star put in a bold show last time out in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and hopefully he can continue that form in the 3m novices’ handicap chase. This looks like a potentially tough contest on paper, but the Festival performance was a positive one, so we are hopeful our lad can be in the mix.

Moving on to the highlight, we are hugely excited to have two chances in a race as prestigious as the Scottish Grand National.

We were delighted with The Young Master at Cheltenham when he galloped all the way to the line to finish 6th in the Kim Muir. It is always tough to be too confident ahead of such a tough contest but the horses have travelled up well and appear to be in excellent form.

Doing Fine is a horse that tends to go well fresh, so we are equally positive about his chances north of the border. We have been waiting for the decent ground which has finally come so we are very much looking forward to both horses taking their chance in one of the biggest races of the campaign.

Away from Ayr, Burns Cross goes to Bangor for the bumper and we are aiming for an improved display.  A career over fences is the ultimate aim for the horse but he does have plenty of talent so we are hopeful of picking up some prize money.

Lastly, we have just the one runner at Wincanton on Sunday with Milkwood making his racecourse debut in the bumper. It will be a massive learning experience for the horse but he has been going well at home ahead of his visit to the Somerset track.

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