It has been another successful week for the team at Folly House. Let’s take a look back over the last seven days, as well as looking forward to another busy week of racing.

 

Last Week

Battleofthesomme managed to pick up his second win in eight days. We knew that we had picked up a nicely handicapped horse and thankfully he got off the mark over fences for us and subsequently followed up over hurdles last week.

Now it’s about taking stock to look forward and plan his next steps accordingly. There’s a conditional race at Leicester in a couple of weeks’ time which we may look at and then we can see where we are once again.

Exod’ela finished a good 3rd in his bumper at Uttoxeter on Friday. We were hoping for a bit more pace in the race. However, I felt that was a good result given they went a rather slow gallop on soft ground. He’s an out and out stayer and we’ll now go over hurdles where I feel he could benefit for a step up in trip.

Barrowlands almost got brought down halfway through his race at Hereford on Monday when finishing 3rd under Sam Twiston-Davies. All considered, it was nice to see him finishing strongly and we’ll hopefully see him soon running on softer ground.

Despite giving 10Ibs to the eventual winner, Thebannerkingrebel was shaping as if he was going to win his race when he came down at the last at Wetherby on Saturday. He looks a very decent 2m Novice Hurdler. The winner was rated 100 on the flat, so certainly a capable horse himself, which makes this run even more encouraging.

Going forward we will aim for the Supreme Novices’ and perhaps look at the Listed Novice Hurdle at Haydock in a few weeks time.

 

This Week’s Entries

Alrghtjack will run tomorrow at Newbury. He was a good horse last year when winning a bumper and a novice hurdle before finishing 4th in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow on his seasonal reappearance.

He should improve for stepping up in trip and I’d be expecting him to progress in the right direction as the season goes on. The Pertemps Final at The Festival is the long-term aim, so these races are the obvious stepping stones we have to take before he gets there.

At Fontwell on Friday, we have Early Morning Rain entered in a Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. She was a good bumper horse last season and is progressing nicely.

She was victorious at Plumpton before finishing a credible 5th at Cheltenham in the Spring. She’s schooling well at home and I’m hopeful that she can win her novice hurdle before ascending up the ranks.

Again, at Fontwell, we have Timcoda entered in a Handicap Chase. He was a good 2nd on seasonal debut at Uttoxeter. He’s come out of that race well and should be ready to go here. We’re positive about his chances and could look at entering him at Hereford or Lingfield next week, with the latter being the more likely.

FONTWELL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A general view as runners clear the fence in front of the grandstands at Fontwell racecourse on February 28, 2016 in Fontwell, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Next up we have Thomas McDonagh entered in a Maiden Hurdle at Hexham. He was 4th last time out over hurdles on his seasonal debut and where he looked like he needed the run. He has progressed nicely since and can hopefully go and win a novice race before progressing further.

At Wincanton on Saturday, we have Kalahari Queen entered in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. This has very much been the plan for her. She didn’t really get her ground last season, despite winning a Novice Chase at Wetherby.

She relishes soft ground and was placed in Grade 2 company over Hurdles, and off a mark of 130 over smaller obstacles, we’re bullish of a good run provided the ground is soft. We won this race before with Miss Milborne and it’s one we’ve had on the radar again for some time.

Ask Robin has had a year off the track. He finished 4th first time out for us in a Novice Hurdle at Worcester but came back with a bit of a niggle, so he’s unfortunately been on the sidelines since.

He’s ready to go again and should benefit for this run. He’s a chaser in the making, but we see this as an ideal opportunity to get him started before he goes over larger obstacles.

 

Special Mention

This week, I‘d like to finish with a special emotion for our Head Girl, Alex Waters. When it comes to trustworthiness and honesty, Alex comes straight to mind.

She has been clocking up the hours with us all year, infact, that has been the case since we arrived at Lambourne in 2011! It’s great to have her aboard and makes it all worthwhile when everyone’s good work comes to fruition.

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