We haven’t had too many runners over the past week, but the ones that have been representing us have been performing well.
The Young Master put in an excellent display at Kempton last weekend when finishing 3rd in the 3m handicap chase. He jumped out to his left after going past the stables, not something that would worry us unduly, and we were delighted with the way he finished off his race.
He has come home bouncing, and there is a real possibility that we will take up the engagement in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on the 27th January. The Grand National continues to be the long-term target – so far we are delighted with the improvements through the campaign.
Elsewhere, Inaminna put in another solid performance display to finish 3rd in the 2m novices’ hurdle at Wincanton on Thursday. The ground was testing but he plugged on in game fashion and hopefully the future is bright in handicap company.
Carole’s Vigilante will be better suited to more of a galloping track in the future, so it was fantastic to see him win the maiden hurdle at Hereford on Tuesday afternoon. This horse is still learning the job, but finished with his ears pricked and remains one we can look forward to over longer trips.
His owner also has Carole’s Destrier in the yard and it is all systems go for the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on Saturday. A stable stalwart, the 10-year-old put in an excellent display in the Ladbrokes Trophy on his first start for almost a year at Newbury in December. Conditions should suit the horse and we are keeping our fingers crossed he can be in contention.
Southfield Royale enjoyed being back over hurdles at Haydock last time, and we are hoping he can build on that back at the same venue in the 2m7f handicap hurdle this weekend. It had been a frustrating period with him, so it was great to see some of the old spark back over the smaller obstacles.
Masquerade Bling has produced three consistent displays over the past month and runs in the 1m fillies’ handicap at Chelmsford on Sunday. Rob Hornby has an excellent relationship with the horse so hopefully she can be in the mix.
Aside from Chelmsford, we send two to Fontwell which is a track we always enjoy visiting.
Mount Oliver takes his chance in the 3m2f handicap chase on the card, and we are hopeful the change to softer ground will suit. He was 2nd to Impulsive Star in a point-to-point and we are hoping to see that ability come to the fore.
The owners of Floral Queen are local to the track, so it would be fantastic if she can put in a positive display in the bumper. The ground conditions look set to be testing but she works well at home, and Harry Reed will be taking 7lbs off.
Lastly, we were excited to give Indian Stream an entry in the mares’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. All roads lead to a return to Prestbury Park, where she finished 4th last year, and there is a race at Warwick next month which looks the ideal place for a prep.