We are forecast a relatively mild week or so in the lead up to Boxing Day and one of the busiest day’s racing in the National Hunt calendar, with no fewer than eight jumps meetings on the 26th and another three the following day!
It should be a very busy couple of days for us, with around 20 of our horses pencilled in to run between Boxing Day and New Year.
Liberty Court ran a fine race in defeat on his seasonal return at Sandown Park and his options include Kempton Park on King George day and Newbury three days later, while impressive recent winner King Rolfe will also be well entered up.
|Working on the grass gallops: L-R Le Fin Bois,
Wings Of Smoke, Bonvilston Boy,
Gifted Island & Dadsintrouble
I think a lot of Le Fin Bois and I am confident he can improve markedly on his seasonal reappearance at Ascot. A 2m handicap hurdle at Kempton Park on the 27th is on the agenda for him and he should be accompanied on the trip there by hurdling newcomer Ashkoun, whose flat form in France has worked out nicely. He has schooled well and I am looking forward to getting him started.
Exciting novice chaser Fayette County has various options, though we will most likely go the novice handicap route with him next, while Parting Way is likely to switch from hurdles to fences, the former Irish pointer having finished a fair third on his latest outing at Huntingdon.
Wings Of Smoke (pictured right) was in the form of his life when last seen in May, winning a decent handicap at Haydock Park and finishing runner-up in class 2 company at Stratford. He seems very well in himself and we may even look to step him up to three miles for his return. One who needs every inch of that is Rev It Up, who could do with heavy ground for the 3m handicap hurdle at Chepstow on the 27th.
Diamond Racing’s The Wallace Line could give his syndicate members an exciting day out in the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow on Welsh National day (27th) and there is just a chance we might run Bassarabad too. Though well held on his debut at Newbury, he has plenty of ability and that first career start should have taught him plenty. He’ll be suited by a real test and, if the ground is soft and the race cuts up (as if sometimes the case), he could take his chance.