Solighoster Success And Doing Fine Heads To Cheltenham
Friday 17th November 2017
The jumps season is now in full swing, and it has been a particularly busy week for the yard with plenty of our horses heading to the races.
Looking back, we were happy with Kalondra finishing 2nd behind Modus in the Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at Wincanton on Saturday. We obviously would have preferred to have won the race but the winner looked very slick, and our lad should be a good horse for novice handicaps in the spring.
Southfield Royale appeared to lose his confidence after making a mistake in the Badger Ales Trophy which was a tad disappointing, and we could look to try a set of blinkers on him next time out. In the same race, Pilgrims Bay plugged on well despite not jumping as well as he can, and he was still in with a chance two out so overall we were pleased with his performance.
The highlight of the weekend came at Ffos Las on Sunday with Solighoster winning the 3m novices’ chase on his first start over fences.
A lot of our horses are needing their first run of the season, so it was pleasing to see him pull clear of the field in what looked like a tight race on their hurdling marks. He has now won a point-to-point, a bumper, a hurdle, and a chase which is fantastic for his owners, and hopefully we will see a shade more improvement from him next time.
Also at Ffos Las, it was lovely to see Fingerontheswitch show some form again as he finished 2nd in the 3m handicap hurdle. He seemed to enjoy being back over hurdles which was excellent, and he could now go to Haydock on the 25th November for the 2m7f stayers’ contest.
We were delighted with Goodgirlteresa at Worcester Tuesday as she finished 2nd on seasonal debut in the novices’ handicap hurdle, and the first-time tongue time seemed to make the difference.
Also on Tuesday, Looks Frozen made his racecourse debut in the bumper at Huntingdon and we were pleased to see him finish 3rd in what looked a competitive contest. It was a lovely start for him, and we hope he is a horse that can continue to improve as he gains more experience.
Looking ahead to the weekend, and we are excited to send Doing Fine to Cheltenham on Saturday for the Bet Victor Handicap Chase.
We have been pleased with the horse at home, and he comes into the race with two good runs under his belt which is a positive. He will appreciate the step up in trip, and if they weather stays dry we are hopeful he can be in the frame.
Moving on to Sunday, Cornish Warrior goes to Cheltenham for the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. We are hoping to see some improvement from his first run of the season, and if he does that we hope he can pick up some prize money at Prestbury Park.
Lastly, we send two horses to Fontwell on Sunday and it is a track that we have had plenty of success at in the past.
Ballyantics has been looking well at home and we hope he will improve for the step up in trip in the novices’ handicap hurdle.
Walt was a consistent horse for us over hurdles last season, and we are hoping he can perform well in the John Rogerson Memorial Chase. It is a small field, but he has been jumping well at home and he should be able to put in a positive display.