Saturday at Punchestown, Hexham, Thirsk & Doncaster
We’ve headed back across the Irish Sea….
3.10 sees ‘Don Poli’ make his second start for us in the 3m5f Chase at the Punchestown Festival this afternoon. Tommy gets the leg up, Don Poli has blinkers on for the first time and although we were hoping for a softer surface, it’s safe jumping ground. He’s been in great form with himself at home since Aintree and he is ridden everyday by Pupil Assistant Henry Newcombe, he’ll be watching eagerly to see how he gets on and we’re all hoping for a revival in form for this hugely talented 10 year old. A change is as good as a rest…? This is certainly a drop in class for him and the engine is still fully intact. He is priced around the 25-1 mark.
Reviewing our Wednesday Punchestown runners, December Second ran a screamer for 6th in the Grade 1 Champion bumper, beaten about 6 lengths and proving himself a high class prospect for hurdling and possibly a flat campaign.
Nicely Indeed travelled quite keenly but got a bit tired in the closing stages in his race – he jumped well though and his Owners enjoyed an excellent day’s racing that saw Kemboy win a great Punchestown Gold Cup and a memorable Ruby Walsh retirement. Nicely now goes on his summer break and we look forward to another season closer to home with him in the winter.
Closer to home today we have Fingal’s Cave in the 3.40 at Thirsk – he didn’t appreciate Southwell but this should be more up his street and he is off a an attractive handicap mark. Following him will be Zig Zag in the 6.35 at Hexham – not his usual track but it’s a decent prize and he is second favourite, going into this fit and well following a recent flat start. He was a Wetherby winner over hurdles this Winter.
‘Ice Galley’ is doing the opposite – he is reverting to the flat in the 7.50 at Doncaster after a successful stint hurdling. This will be his final run before a summer break and a planned novice chase campaign next season, he jumps beautifully.
There have been some new arrivals this week, the Irish duo TOM DOOLEY and HARD TIMES arrived in a large transporter a couple of days ago and have settled into the routine here quickly. We also welcomed a Kayf Tara half sister to Bedale Lane & Twentysix Black last week, she is a good sort who will be prepared for a bumper.
This morning we saw the unraced bumper duo Diaspora and Abington Park have an outside gallop for an ‘away’ experience and they will have learnt lots.
Two years younger but starting their education are our four 2 year old NH fillies … pictured here ‘Ginny’ by Sixties Icon x Royalty, a half sister to 8x winner ‘Agglestone Rock’ and others.
Here she was as a foal at Green Oaks!
We seem to have more NH horses than ever enjoying themselves in the fields on a break, luckily we have lots of good spring grass and they are all on site so we can keep a close eye on them.
And another retired boy photo kindly sent to us this week….
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