We were delighted to be in the winners’ enclosure over the weekend, with Whispering Storm producing an excellent performance at Musselburgh to win the handicap hurdle on Saturday.
He is a horse that has been going well at home for some time now, so I was delighted for the owners that he managed to confirm that promise on the track. We are not sure where he will go next but he has gone up 9lbs for the win, so we will make a plan for him soon.
I also want to give a special mention to Cesar Et Roaslie who finished a very creditable 3rd in a hot little maiden hurdle on the same card north of the border. On debut over hurdles, two experienced opponents narrowly beat him in a reasonably close finish, so it was an encouraging display from an improving horse.
Peter The Mayo Man was beaten into 2nd place at the same venue on Sunday but I was happy with the performance. It was his first run back after a break, and he was giving weight away to a very good winner, so overall it was a very pleasing return to action.
He does hold entries for both the Supreme and Neptune at Cheltenham, but we could bypass both of those with the galloping track at Punchestown perhaps the best suited to his strengths at the moment.
Moving on, we enjoyed a good day on Tuesday with a winner in two different parts of the country.
Moayadd clearly enjoyed the step up in trip as he won the 1m2f Apprentice Handicap on the all-weather. The owners live close to Newcastle so it was fantastic for them to have a winner at their local track, with their first horse in training, and he is another one of ours that could have success in both codes.
Also on Tuesday, Tikkanbar won the bumper at Hereford in good style, a success which was lovely for my father who is lucky enough to own him! He is a good horse for the future and one that will be suited to better ground, and having come out of the race in grand form he is one to look forward to.
Kalondra was excellent on Thursday in winning the handicap hurdle at Huntingdon, and it was certainly a nice pot to win. It was a competitive looking race but he came away in very good fashion in the end, so we are delighted that he continues to improve.
The handicapper will have his say on Tuesday as you would expect, but at this stage the Coral Cup does look like the most likely race for him at the Cheltenham Festival.
Elsewhere on Thursday, we picked up another winner on the flat with Willyegolassiego claiming the 1m5f handicap contest at Lingfield, and like Moayadd she could be turned out again soon.
Looking towards the weekend, we send Dead Right to Newbury for what looks like a quality 2m novice hurdle on Saturday.
He ran a good race on debut for us last time out in a bumper at Uttoxeter, with the winner that day franking the form since, and he is jumping well at home so hopefully he can put in a solid display.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Activial goes to Warwick for a competitive looking 2m4f handicap chase. He was disappointing on debut for us but he has been schooling well at home, and we hope that going left-handed will help him so we have our fingers crossed for an improved display.
Last but not least this week, Impulsive Star goes to the Pertemps Qualifier at Exeter on Sunday and this looks like a hot contest. He has been improving all the time at home which is encouraging, but he will need a good display if he is to give himself a chance of running in the Final at the Festival.