I’d like to start with a special mention for Enable. What a wonderful mare she is. It’s fantastic news for the sport that she’ll remain in training for another year. The beauty of Jumps racing is that the public naturally attach themselves to horses as they see them reappearing year after year. The Flat can sometimes lack this, so to see her running for another season is great for Flat racing and the whole sport in general.

 

Looking back at the weekend

I was thrilled to see Some Day Soon run a great race when finishing an honourable 3rd in the Persian War at Chepstow on Friday. He deserved the step up in class following his four Novice Hurdle victories over the Summer which he won with consummate ease. Despite running in conditions that appeared to be against him, he handled it tremendously. With that in mind we can now look at running him at the Cheltenham November meeting in mid-November.

I found myself to be quite surprised when I saw the prices quoted for Alrightjack prior to the Silver Trophy at Chepstow on Saturday. He’s been a consistent performer in some decent Novice Hurdles, so we were happy to see him run well and finish a credible 4th on the day. He stayed on nicely and the plan is to step him up in trip. If this goes to plan, we’ll aim for the Pertemps at the Festival, which is fantastic for connections.

CHEPSTOW, WALES - DECEMBER 27: A general view as runners make their way down the straight at Chepstow Racecourse on December 27, 2018 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

 

This week’s runners

Legends Ryde heads to Carlisle on Thursday (17th) having finished 5th in a Bumper at Newbury in March. She’s a great horse to be around and we all have high hopes for her for the coming season. She seemed to run into a useful winner that day. However, she made all and probably would have fared better and possibly placed if ridden with a bit more restraint. She’s matured over the Summer and the plan is to go hurdling moving forward.

Pacify has an entry for a listed Novice Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday. He was a consistent performer for Ralph Beckett on the Flat last season and has taken the transition to jumps in his stride. He enjoys it and it all seems very natural to him. He’s in tremendous form having won four Novice Hurdles on the bounce and deserves his step up in class. All being well, he could go close this weekend.

Thistle Do Nicely ran a great race when finishing 4th on chasing debut at Warwick. We think he is a horse with massive potential and we’re expecting him to improve enormously from this first run over fences. He has entries for both Market Rasen and Sedgefield on Sunday, so we’re hopeful he can get started on an upward curve. If all is well, I could see him taking the Present View route towards the Festival in March.

 

Future prospects

Exod’ela won a point to point back in March before arriving at Folly House shortly afterwards. He ran well at the start of this month when finishing 2nd in a Bumper at Fontwell. I believe he’ll improve as the campaign progresses and could be one to add to the tracker this season.

Chapmanshype landed us a nice prize when taking the feature race at Fontwell just over a week ago. He’s another that’s progressing nicely, and we are targeting another run at Cheltenham at the end of the month where we are hopeful that he can continue his upward curve.

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