Fakenham & Wolverhampton
We have two chestnut geldings running today – over the jumps in the first at Fakenham, and later in the 6.50 at Wolverhampton under the lights. Running in less than 45 minutes is the German import, Birthday Guest who has won in his native company but has struggled to find his form yet over here. Given that he has a flat turf mark of 48, this mark of 97 he has been given over jumps has absolutely flummoxed us, and he has not yet shown anything to warrant such a mark. Today will see if he can be competitive, but he has an entry at the DBS sales next month as well. He is a nice little horse who schools well enough, hopefully he can pick up some prize money today at this sharp track – they either love it or hate it round here. Adam Nicol takes off a useful 3lbs.
Tony Hamilton rides Perennial tonight at Wolverhampton, its a competitive 12 runner affair and he needs to bounce back from a below par run at Sedgefield last time. He has plenty of ability and has run well round here before so he certainly goes with a chance and we would love to see his blue and white colours first past the post tonight. The same silks were work on Cool Operator yesterday who ran well for a long way on comeback at Carlisle, Adam wisely easing up on him over the last few furlongs as he was entitled to get pretty tired after such a long time off. We saw plenty of spark and some bold jumping from him to give us hope that he can get back into the winners enclosure in a decent staying chase this winter. Just Cameron was another to run well at Carlisle but just get tired first time out, fading to 4th up the hill after finding all sorts of trouble from loose horses and fallers during the course of the race, Henry doing wonders to stay on him after the first! Our third runner of the day was Hail the Brave at Southwell who stayed on one pace and looks to need a step up in trip, although Kyle felt his jumping had improved. He is one for novice handicaps and gets a mark next Tuesday.
Below is a photo of one of our unraced bumper 3 year olds, the well named ‘Dibble Bridge’ by Spirit One. He is owned by one of our most long standing Owners, Colin Fletcher. We have a nice team of bumper horses, and several to run in the near future. With both Celtic Agent and Give him a Glance running well in bumpers so far, it gives us a good marker for our other young horses.
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