Friday 25th February
It’s the turn of exciting Novice MAGELLAN and established handicapper DISCAY running for us today. Magellan, a talented flat performer is a great big horse who made a satisfactory start on his hurdles debut and we would expect to see improvement this afternoon at Doncaster when he lines up in the 3.05. Obviously it’s hard to win a novice at a Grade 1 Track and there are some decent rivals with more hurdling experience, but he’s not without a chance and Sean Quinlan takes the ride.
Discay has had a good 4 weeks to recover from his great effort on Boxing Day when he won over 3 miles with top weight at Wetherby.
This looks tougher, up in grade and down in trip but he has course form and goes there in good spirits. Tommy rides and he will be keen to get his third winner since coming back from injury – he’s on fire at present, simply picking up from when he left off in November.
Tomorrow we have just the 1 declared…. but it’s an important one
Swerving Huntingdon today and a tricky 2m 4f Listed Mares Chase, Phil has declared Lady B for Doncaster, a Grade 2 Event for which there are just 6 decs. It’s not necessarily an easier option as there are some decent Mares in both races, not least the other Yorkshire mare, Irish Roe, but the promise of rain tomorrow plus her good 2 mile course form round this galloping track has swayed the balance in Doncaster’s favour. Her form to date has been arguably stronger over fences but you only have to look at her Wetherby win over 2 miles in November to see that we are not too worried about going back over hurdles.
This is the line up..
Lady Buttons enjoyed a small photoshoot yesterday, reminding us all what food she likes to eat best! You can’t even make a Ferrari drive well if you don’t put in the right fuel, and we couldn’t recommend feeding TopSpec more highly, our horses look and run superbly on it. Lady Buttons eats Topspec Turbo, Topspec Alfa and Topspec Racing Balancer plus ad lib quality haylage from John Henderson’s Farm and of course old fashioned Yorkshire Green Oaks grass.
Phil and his Owners decided against running Nautical Nitwit off top weight today at Huntingdon, he now goes straight to Cheltenham for a crack at The Stayers Hurdle. He has earned his big day at the Festival and we would rather save this tough little ten year old rather than give him a hard race this afternoon, he’s had plenty of battles in the past – let’s get him there feeling fresh and at the top of his game. He was looking particularly regal yesterday in the morning sunrise with Donna Aspell on board.
Some further sunrise shots that I couldn’t resist taking…
Equine Dentist, Dan Astle-Carter has been with us the last four days, quietly working his way round the yard and making sure all the horses teeth are in good order. He is very patient and steady with them and in the main they all take it well.
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