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Dieg Man Impresses And Three Go To The Ladbrokes Trophy At Newbury

Friday 1st December 2017
Stable Talk

Looking back at the weekend, we were delighted with how Fingerontheswitch performed in the handicap hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

It was fantastic to see his form continue an upward curve, and thankfully that meant he picked up some welcome prize money in the process.

We were equally pleased with the performance of Cheeky Chica as she finished a creditable 2nd in the bumper at Huntingdon the same afternoon. The front two pulled clear of the rest of the field which is encouraging, and she should improve for her first start.

Chirico Vallis was in the process of putting in a strong performance when he fell at Ludlow on Monday in the 2m handicap chase, but thankfully I can report that he has come home none the worse for the tumble.

Happily, we were back in the winners’ enclosure at Sedgefield on Tuesday with Dieg Man scoring on British debut in the 2m4f novices’ hurdle. It was the ideal starting point for a horse we think has potential, and he appears to suit soft ground at this stage of his career.

Moving onto this weekend, The Ladbrokes Trophy is the big race, and we are excited to go into it with a team of three.

Carole’s Destrier went so close to winning the race last year, and there is no reason to think he can’t put in another strong display. We took him to Newbury last week for a gallop which we were happy with, so we are keeping our fingers crossed he can be in the mix once again. 

Pilgrims Bay won a big handicap for us last season at Kempton, and is more than entitled to take his chance. He stayed on well on seasonal debut at Wincanton, and provided he has come on for the run as we expect, we are hopeful he can make his presence felt.

Southfield Royale completes our trio in the big race, a horse we know has the ability to put in a strong showing. His performances recently have been slightly disappointing, but he has been schooling well at home in blinkers, and we hope that can make a difference on the day.

Elsewhere, we send Most Celebrated to Doncaster for the 2m handicap hurdle, and he is a horse that has plenty of ability. He fell last time out at Sandown but looks great at home, and Harry Reed will be taking a valuable 7lbs off his back.

Solomn Grundy has shown improvement on each start this season, and we are hopeful that will continue this weekend in the novices’ handicap chase at Newcastle. The track and trip should suit him, and Tom Scudamore will be taking the ride. 

Lastly, Neachells Bridge heads to Wales for the bumper at Bangor with James King able to claim an important 5lbs. He ran a lovely race on debut when 2nd at the same track, so we are hopeful he can be in the mix.

It is rare to have a blank day in the middle of the winter, as we do on Sunday, but that does allow for some quality family time which is fantastic during such a busy period.

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