National Weights Reaction And Another Successful Week
Friday 17th February 2017
Impulsive Star needed to win at Exeter on Sunday to have any chance of heading to the Cheltenham Festival, and thankfully he did just that with a very good performance.
He is improving all the time which is particularly pleasing, and having won off of 130 at the weekend we will wait to see what mark he is given by the handicapper. Assuming he gets in, the Pertemps Final will be the aim for him next month.
I enjoyed being at the Grand National weights dinner on Tuesday night, and I am very lucky to have two horses who we hope can run well at Aintree in April.
We were very happy with the weight allotted to The Young Master (10st 8lbs), and he will go to the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month for his final prep. He’s in good order at home so hopefully we can get him spot on the big race with one more run.
Similar comments apply to Carole’s Destrier (10st 12lbs) who has also been given a fair racing weight for his first attempt at the Grand National. We have always thought he is a horse that would suit the race so hopefully we can get him there in good form, and he could go to Doncaster for a final run before he heads to Liverpool.
I was delighted on Wednesday as we picked up a winner in each code, and both did the business in good fashion.
Solighoster continued his unbeaten record over hurdles with a pleasing win in testing ground at Towcester. I have a feeling he will be even better on decent ground, and although it wasn’t a great race the experience he gained is invaluable.
I need to sit down with the owners but Cheltenham remains a possibility for him as we need to step him up in class, and the Neptune trip would hopefully suit well.
I was at Kempton to see Moayadd claim a 2nd win on the bounce in the 1m3f apprentice handicap, and in the end it was a lovely display. I was worried for a moment as he got boxed in but he quickened up well when he got some daylight, and he will have another run on the flat before going hurdling.
Looking ahead to the weekend, we have some promising horses taking their chance at Haydock and Wincanton.
Most Celebrated is making a step up in the Class 2 Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle but he is in good form at home, and we are hoping he can put in a good display. Tomorrow will tell us plenty more about what we have, but we are looking forward to him running him against a decent little field.
A course and distance winner, Bishops Court heads to Wincanton looking for a 4th win on the spin on Saturday afternoon. It is fantastic that Barry Geraghty comes in for the ride in the handicap chase, with Noel at Ascot, and we are hopeful he can put in another strong display.
Barry also takes the ride on Walt in the 2m5f handicap hurdle, and he is another one that could make the frame. He is well at home, and hopefully there is still some more improvement to come from him which is exciting.
Arden Denis ran a decent race last time out at Lingfield, and off the same mark we are hopeful that he can too be in there with a chance of some prize money in the handicap hurdle.
Last but not lease this week, we send Ochos Rios to Ffos Las on Sunday for the 2m4f handicap hurdle. He disappointed last time out but he has run well previously at the Welsh venue so hopefully he can find his best form once again.