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Dads continues winning run

We have always thought plenty of Dadsintrouble and, a month on from his facile success at Haydock Park, the seven year old son of Presenting returned to that track off a 12lbs higher mark, but once again found the necessary improvement to win, in doing so getting a significant step closer to what we hope will be a date at Cheltenham for the Pertemps Final.

Given a patient ride by Alan Johns, Dadsintrouble could be noted travelling well throughout, hurdling fluently.  A stumble four out slightly checked his momentum, but he closed quickly from the third-last and, brought through to challenge between the last two flights, he was in front over the last and kept on strongly to win.

He has long looked a useful performer in the making and, after just nine starts, I am very hopeful that there is plenty more to come.  The Pertemps is very much the plan, so we will be hoping he can get in at the bottom of the weights – his revised mark will be published on Tuesday. Congratulations to his owner Paul Bowtell!

 

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Double up at Newcastle!

William MoneyWe took two runners on the long journey to Newcastle, but that journey proved justified as both William Money and Chakisto won in great style.

William Money (pictured right) had run very well when second on his first start for us at Chepstow last month and, with that run under his belt, he made no mistake at the second time of asking, making all the running and drawing clear up the home straight for a bloodless success.

The handicapper will no doubt exact his revenge, so we’ll look to run him under a penalty next week, with Wetherby on Tuesday or Ludlow on Wednesday the likeliest options.  He’s a lovely individual, with an excellent attitude, and hopefully there is more to come.

Chakisto had joined us a 28-race maiden, but a win in October at the 30th attempt has seen him gain considerable confidence and, given a wonderful, patient ride by Alan Johns, he came home a ready winner for owners Flat Out Shinton Racing, for whom he was running for the first time.

Derek Shinton has been a tremendous supporter of ours for many years and we were delighted to see Chakisto home in his colours, having taken him on since his win at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

He could go to Sedgefield next week, but we’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making any plans.

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Dads makes the right impression at Haydock

C2tohh8WIAAHJL8[1]A day on from an across-the-card double courtesy of Tanit River and Fields Of Glory, Dadsintrouble became our 52nd winner of the National Hunt season with an impressive display at Haydock Park on Saturday.

A faller when travelling well on his previous outing at Cheltenham, he had been given plenty of time to get over that and, held up in rear by Alan Johns, he travelled well throughout and started making headway four out.

Despite a mistake at the third last, he soon came through to take up the running at the next flight and drew clear after the last, winning by a very comfortable six lengths.

He has been raised 12lbs for that win, but I am confident there is plenty more to come from him and we will look for a similar contest in mid-February.  I am delighted for his owner Paul Bowtell, who also had a third with Hidden Identity at Chepstow on Friday.

 

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Tanit impresses at Chepstow!

The team remain in great form and we were delighted to record an across-the-card double yesterday with Tanit River and Fields Of Glory, our 50th and 51st winners of the season!

It is always exciting to see horses progress through the ranks and in Tanit River I feel we now have a genuine contender for the top staying handicap chases next term.  A three-time winner over hurdles, he started the season off a mark of 117, but having won by a wide-margin in an admittedly uncompetitive four-runner affair at Towcester in November on his latest outing over fences, he took a big step forward yesterday to beat a strong field of novices in great style.

C2n39b0XEAEMxVCRidden prominently and jumping well throughout, he travelled strongly into the straight and, once sent on before the second-last, quickened clear, eventually winning by 17 lengths.  He is likely to have a mark in the mid/high 130s now and that opens up some good opportunities for him, but longer-term I very much see him as a Welsh National horse.  Congratulations to his owners Martin Moore and Brian Ead!

Fields Of Glory (right) was a winner over hurdles at Huntingdon in March, but made an inauspicious chasing debut there in October before two placed efforts on his next two outings.  Back up in trip after dropping to two miles on his penultimate outing, he travelled well under Richard Johnson and, though he required plenty of driving up the straight to get his head in front, he did so in good time and gamely held off the challenge of the eventual runner-up.  At the age of seven, he remains a work in progress but I am confident he will be rating higher in time.  Congratulations to his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn, who have now had 8 winners this season.

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Principle makes his point on debut!

We were delighted to return from Warwick’s Classic Chase day with a winner yesterday, as Point Of Principle was successful on his debut in the concluding bumper under Alan Johns!

Settled in midfield through the first half of the race, he came off the bridle in the back straight, but responded really well to pressure and, having closed into third rounding the home bend, he stayed on relentlessly up the straight, taking the lead entering the final furlong and galloping on resolutely to the line.

It was a hugely encouraging performance from the four year old, a £8,500 purchase from the Doncaster Sale last May, and he looks to have a very bright future for his owners Oceans Racing, many of whom were present to cheer him home!  He is absolutely fine this morning and we will give him a few quiet days before having a think on where he could go next.

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Lake Chapala back to winning ways

Lake ChapalaA winner at Musselburgh in November and runner-up in his bid for a quickfire double four days later, Lake Chapala returned from a couple of months off in similarly good form and made it two wins from three starts in the 2m handicap chase at Hereford yesterday.

Once again settled in rear by Alan Johns, he made progress on the final circuit to track the two leaders and, having jumped the last two lengths down, he produced a strong run to get his head in front.  Congratulations to his owners Brian and Wayne Jones!

We will be giving a large number of our horses their flu jab at the end of the week, so we’ll have a quiet fortnight or so in terms of runners, but it is great to be within a couple of winners of the half-century, and having passed through the £300,000 prize-money barrier, with well over three months left of the season.

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Theligny provides the perfect ending to 2016!

Happy New Year!

Our final runner of 2016 ensured we saw the year out with a bang, as Theligny provided us with our 60th winner of the calendar year when taking a hugely-competitive handicap hurdle at Newbury in great style under Alan Johns.

He has made relentless progress this season since returning in September a thrice-raced maiden, with yesterday’s success his fourth from five starts this term, having finished runner-up in the Listed Gerry Feilden on the only occasion he hasn’t got his head in front.


Returned to 2m4f after that defeat over the minimum distance, he relished the step up in trip and, travelling noticeably well and hurdling fluently, he was sent on before the second last and galloped on resolutely, defying the well-backed favourite with something to spare.

He is now showing a smart level of form and, though there is some way to go yet, I am very hopeful that he could develop into a contender for one of the big spring novice hurdles, with the Sefton at Aintree, a race we have won before with Saint Are, looking an attractive target.

I am delighted for his owners Dave & Jodie Pearn, who are tremendous supporters of ours and were present at Newbury.

(photos courtesy of Francesca Altoft)

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Bells hits the right note at Taunton!

Bells Of Ailsworth jumps the last

Bells Of Ailsworth jumps the last on his way to a first chasing success

A dual winner over hurdles, including on his reappearance from his summer break at Huntingdon in October, Bells Of Ailsworth is a progressive six year old and he made it second time lucky with a wide-margin success in the 2m7f novice handicap chase at Taunton yesterday under Alan Johns.

Facing just two rivals, he was held up through the first half of the race, but chaos at the 12th fence, which saw the leader make a bad mistake and the second part company with his rider, meant Bells Of Ailsworth was left in front and, with the fences the only dangers from thereon in, he jumped very proficiently and came home clear to win.

Given how the race panned out, it would be a surprise were the handicapper to raise him at all for the win, and hopefully he will have gained plenty of confidence from getting his head in front once again.

We will look for another small-field novice handicap next time, and hopefully there is plenty more to come over the larger obstacles.  Congratulations to his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle!

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Another double!

cw6plloxeaecuugTwo days on from a double at Lingfield, we registered an across-the-card double at Towcester and Ludlow courtesy of Tanit River and Show’s Over.

The former had bumper into a well-handicapped one at Uttoxeter on his previous start, but this looked a much easier assignment and with the favourite making a couple of bad blunders, the race looked there for the taking.

Following an awkward jump at the first, Tanit River was largely very good over his fences and, hitting the front after the third, he was never headed thereafter, coming home clear to win by 21 lengths under Alan Johns.  A rise in the weights awaits, but he is a useful novice and I hope there is plenty more to come from him.

Show’s Over (pictured right) had not had things go his way since winning at Stratford in August, falling when going well at Kelso on his next outing and then just failing to get up at Plumpton on his next outing.  A switch to more positive tactics and a drop in trip saw him return to winning ways under Tom O’Brien, and he was good value for the 4.5L winning margin.

A progressive five year old with a good pedigree, he has started his career at the right end of the weights and I hope he can go on to further success this season.

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Double at Lingfield!

Multiple winning pointer Galros Lady made a winning debut for us with an authoritative display for owners Oceans Racing at Lingfield Park yesterday, winning by six lengths under Alan Johns.

Jumping fluently throughout, she was travelling noticeably strongly on the home bend and came clear with the minimum of fuss to win in great style.  We will now look to bring her out under a penalty, as the handicapper is likely to have his say, but she looked to beat very little and hopefully a sensible rise awaits!

Theligny is a lovely, progressive young novice and he recorded his third consecutive win of the campaign with a hard-fought success from the front under a well-judged ride from Alan.  He jumped beautifully in front until challenged at the fourth-last, and once under pressure he just made a couple of novicey mistakes.  However, he once again showed a tremendously willing attitude, battling up the straight and, having been headed between the last two, he ralllied to get back to the front after the last and kept on strongly to score.

We’ll keep him to the same grade for the time being, but longer-term he is a real chaser in the making and he has the potential to be a very useful performer in that sphere.

 

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