Lamool schooling over hurdles this morning

With Fontwell Park abandoned yesterday and Wincanton off today, both due to waterlogging, it has been a case of the quiet before the storm for National Hunt racing, with the start of the Cheltenham Festival now under a week away.

We only have a few earmarked for Cheltenham week and I am hoping that Lamool (pictured right) can beat the odds and make the cut for the 2m5f Grade 3 handicap chase on the Thursday. Unfortunately, at this stage he needs over 40 to pull out and it could be that we’ll end up going to Kempton Park with him a week on Saturday for the consolation race, which is a great initiative and I’m sure will be well-supported again this year. 
Hidden Identity is a likely runner in the Mares’ Hurdle, a race in which she finished a fine fourth last year.  Though below par in two starts this term, she is in good form at home and hopefully she can run another big race.  Fayette County has a couple of options but, again, looks likely to miss the cut.
Diamond Racing’s owners have enjoyed a tremendous season with The Wallace Line, third in the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow in December on his latest start, and he could run in the Fred Winter on Wednesday.  However, he will ideally need some rain to materialise and we’ll just have to monitor conditions for him.
Our runner tomorrow is Experimentalist (2.20pm Sandown Park).