We’re Hexham and Wolverhampton bound with a quarter of runners – you’ve seen them school on our weekend video – now it’s up to Magic Dragon, TopVille Ben & Kilcullen Flem to make their Winter jumping debuts. Mr Carbonator has a less exacting task at Wolverhampton but it’s a competitive race nonetheless and he’s 12-1 in a 12 runner field at 6.20. He’s higher on the AW but he knows how to win and has finished 2nd on his latest 2 starts.
Magic Dragon kicks off our jumping action – he’s been mid field in a couple of bumpers so it’s fair to say he’s going to need Novice handicaps to be properly competitive. Flat bred Dragon is a huge 4 year old and despite his breeding will look every inch a future chaser as he strides round the paddock – we hope he enjoys his first sight of hurdles on a racecourse today.
Tommy partners him and also the quirky but talented Top Ville Ben in the 3 mile novice chase in which there are 2 highly rated ones we would rather have not seen declared. Ben settled best when in front but can make careless mistakes over hurdles – his schooling has been good and Phil hopes that chasing will make a man of him, he won his only point to point before joining Nicky Henderson as a 4 year old. Now 6, he won in tremendous fashion for us at Haydock last Winter and when conditions are in his favour he is a fair tool. Interestedly he is by the same sire as Lady Buttons, Bertie Blake & Dares to Dream also on our yard. We also have the yearling half brother to him by YEATS in our Winter barn and he’s a lovely individual.
Adam partners 8 year old Kilcullen Flem and this could be the year he reaches his full potential as stayers usually improve around 8 or 9 and this grand horse by Flemensfirth is an absolute tank. He had a cracking season last Winter and ended up placing at the Punchestown Festival on unsuitably good ground. This is a hard task over 4 miles on his seasonal debut but he runs well fresh and we wouldn’t back against him.
Best of luck to all our horses and safe return 🍀
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