|First Fandango (Jason Kiely) and Our Island (Aidan Coleman)|
The recent rain has come at the right time for many of our novices that we will be bringing out in the coming fortnight and, with Aidan Coleman and Richie Killoran both coming in, we schooled 25 this morning.
First Fandango is not far off making his debut over fences and he schooled very nicely in company with Our Island, who must have been one of the best staying novice chasers around not to have shed his maiden tag last year, finishing a close 2nd in the Tommy Whittle and 6th in the Welsh Grand National.
Both horses will start off in a novice chase before hopefully stepping up in grade and they are very exciting prospects.
|Aintree winner Wings Of Smoke|
Wings Of Smoke hasn’t been seen on the racecourse since January but he has been going very well at home and will make his long-awaited debut over fences in the next fortnight. A winner over hurdles at Aintree in 2011, he has plenty of ability and he schooled very well this morning under Kristian Hamner.
Amok (pictured below, Evan David) was purchased to go juvenile hurdling last year but, though he showed plenty of promise in his work, we just ran out of time with him and his owner Derek Passant has been very patient in giving him a good break. Amok has blossomed of late and looks a really nice type who should be very competitive when making his debut in a novice hurdle in the coming week, with options at Market Rasen at the weekend and Sedgefield on Tuesday.
|Four year old novice hurdler Amok|
Another novice hurdler to look out for in the coming fortnight is Ballymoat, who looks in great nick and schooled very well this morning. A winner of an Irish point a year ago, he wasn’t right after running poorly at Fontwell Park on his only start under rules to date but we have had a clear run with him and he looks to have improved physically for a summer’s break. He is pictured below, schooling under Richie Killoran.