The horses are in excellent form at the moment which is exactly what we need as we wait for the ground to improve
Rebel Collins was perhaps a touch unlucky to finish 2nd in the 2m handicap hurdle at Bangor on Saturday, but it was another encouraging performance at a track that clearly suits. The target now will be for him to get his head in front, but the signs are positive for a horse that is stringing together some consistent displays.
On the same card we saw Neachalls Bridge put in another solid showing to finish 3rd in the 2m novices’ hurdle, and there is plenty to look forward to with him next season.
There was better fortune at Taunton on Tuesday with Moving In Style grabbing his first win for the yard in the 3m conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. We benefitted from the horse in front making an unfortunate mistake, but our lad was running a strong race in behind and it was great for Philip Donovan to pick up another winner.
Easter is a busy time of the year both on and off the course with the kids off school, as well as a host of runners engaged for the upcoming weekend.
Challenger Finals Day at Haydock on Saturday is a fixture to look forward to and we have three runners declared.
Whatsthatallabout is a lightly raced horse and although she wouldn’t want the ground too soft, we are hopeful of picking up some prize money in the mares’ handicap hurdle final.
We have two in the 2m7f handicap hurdle final on the same card and both have the talent to be in the mix. Fingerontheswitch has strong course form, and with Harry Reed taking an important 5lbs off there is no reason why he can’t be a player in what looks a competitive contest. We also run Southfield Royale, and the addition of a first-time tongue-tie will hopefully boost his chances.
Easter Monday is often a hectic day but the heavy rain in the forecast is not ideal, which means the majority of our entries are set to stay at home in the warm.
Kalondra is one horse who certainly seems to prefer better ground which means he is an unlikely runner in the Sussex Champion Chase at Plumpton. Bishops Court is expected to take his chance in the same contest and although he has disappointed of late, the step up in trip will hopefully see the horse bounce back.
The all-weather track at Wolverhampton is one venue that shouldn’t be impacted by the wet weather and at this stage we are hoping to declare both runners. Where’s Mummy lost a shoe on debut so we are hopeful of an improved display in the 6f novice stakes.
Finally, Seven Clans is entered for the 1m1f handicap and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a solid display on his first start since September.