Looking back, it was a quiet weekend for us but we did send two to Ffos Las last Friday, and we were delighted with the way both ran.
We were very happy with Impulsive Star as he won on debut for us in the 2m4f maiden hurdle, and he is clearly a chaser in the making for us to look forward to. The slow run pace wasn’t ideal for him but he handled it nicely and jumped well to maintain his unbeaten record.
We will look to give him a run before Christmas at a similar level and then step him up in class in the new year, but whatever he does over timber will be a bonus.
On the same card, Walt ran a cracker to finish 2nd in the 3m novices’ hurdle, and on another day he could well have claimed the win. He travelled well through his race and we will obviously see what the handicapper does to him now, but we hope he will be a good enough to win a novice hurdle soon.
Looking ahead obviously the highlight of the coming weekend will be the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. It’s fantastic to be going to a race as prestigious as this one with a talented horse like Carole’s Destrier, and given that the owners of the horse live close to the track it should be a fantastic day.
Ideally we would have liked to have gotten a run into the horse, but he is as fit as we can possibly get him at home and he is looking well so we certainly hope he can do himself justice. He’s on a similar mark to the one he had when he won the London National this time last year, which is a bonus for his chances, and given that he has been schooling well we are hopeful he can outrun his price.
Solomn Grundy ran a lovely race when 2nd on seasonal debut at Cheltenham earlier this month and we are looking forward to running him in the Pertemps Qualifier at Newbury on Friday. He has gone up 5lbs for that performance but thankfully that doesn’t take effect until Saturday, so the aim with him will be to finish in the top six which will secure his place in the Pertemps Final at the Festival in March.
We also send a small team up to Doncaster on Friday and Saturday and hopefully they can go well after the long journey north.
Indian Brave is another chaser in the making for the future but in the meantime, he will run in the novices’ handicap hurdle on Friday afternoon. He performed well against some very good horses last year, including when 4th behind Ballyandy in a bumper, and he is one we hope to get in the winners’ enclosure over hurdles before he takes to fences next season.
Sleep Easy performed with credit at Fontwell last time out when 3rd, with the Paul Nicholls’ trained Movewiththetimes franking that form since with a big run at Cheltenham, so hopefully he can improve again in the intermediate handicap hurdle.
Kalondra was hampered in running at Wetherby last time out but still managed to finish 2nd so we are hopeful he can produce a good display in the 2m3f handicap hurdle on Saturday. He will need the ground to dry out a little bit but he is well at home and we are looking forward to running him in that one.