It’s been another successful week and we’re now on 39 winners for the season. The progressive Thomas MacDonagh was a facile winner at Wetherby, with Early Morning Rain another impressive winner at Lingfield. It could have been even better as Exod’ela and Tractor Fred were both very unlucky to finish 2nd in their respective races.

Thomas MacDonagh was a very impressive winner at Wetherby when he won by 15 lengths under Page Fuller.

He came into the race having won previously at Hexham in stylish fashion, so it’s fair to say he’s in terrific form just now.

His opening handicap mark of 117 looked appealing going into the race and he has now been put up 15Ibs as a result of that performance.

He is entered at Exeter this week, however, with this win being in a Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, we can look for a race where he doesn’t have to carry a penalty.

So, it is possible we could see him later in the month back in Novice Hurdle company.

Exod’ela was really unlucky when he finished 2nd on his first run over hurdles at Hereford.

He arrived there in good form after placing in a couple of bumpers, so it was nice to see him run so well again, despite just missing out.

He should benefit from stepping up in trip and we will go and look to win a Novice Hurdle now.

Early Morning Rain ran in the listed race at Newbury on Saturday.

Unfortunately, tactically it didn’t quite work out and Sean Bowen gave her an easy time of it. Subsequently, we found a nice opportunity at Lingfield on Tuesday and she managed to oblige in some style, winning by 27 lengths.

It was a terrific galloping performance, with a great ride from Page. We’ll wait to see how she is and have earmarked a good listed race at Taunton as a possibility next.

Tractor Fred was desperately unlucky to be just touched off at Plumpton on Monday.

He led all the way up the straight and just got pipped by a nostril.

It was another great ride by Page and we’re hoping we can make amends next time.

At Plumpton again, Kalahari Queen was slightly disappointing and we’re now planning for her to have a wind-op.

Midnight Chill was 3rd at Southwell on Tuesday and it’s fair to say that he didn’t handle the heavy ground. The plan is now to give him a break and come back in the spring.

Hogan’s Height has an entry in both the Becher and the Grand Sefton at Aintree on Saturday. We’ve still to decide which of these he goes for.

It goes without saying that he has been a wonderful horse for us, however, the handicapper has slightly caught up with him.

The plan is to go hunter chasing with him in the new year and get him qualified for the Foxhunters at Aintree. Let’s hope he runs to the best of his ability this weekend so we can have a nice springboard going forward.


We have the nicely bread Sazerak entered in a Fillies Juvenile Bumper at Wetherby on Saturday.

She’s a very genuine horse and is going nicely at home, so we’re hoping she can take a bumper and possibly go novice hurdling this season.

Legend Ryde could go to Hexham on Wednesday. She won her bumper well and was 2nd in a listed race at Cheltenham. She jumps hurdles nicely and I think she could be a nice horse going forward this season.

Redbridge Gold won her bumper at Doncaster back in January. She slightly bottomed out in a listed race at Sandown when her wind gave way.

She reappeared at Ludlow this year and finished a very creditable 4th in her first start over hurdles. She should improve from that and hopeful go on and win her novice hurdle.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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