Alan Peterson’s Massini’s Maguire has been off for two years and a day and hopefully this will blow away the cobwebs as we prepare him for a tilt at the Grand National in April, which is now just six weeks away.
Also on the comeback trail is Juno The Muffinman, who refused to race in a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton Park on Sunday. Though a character, he hasn’t threatened to do that in the past and hopefully he will be on his best behaviour at Ludlow today.
|Bucking The Trend winning at Fontwell last time|
We could be set for a busy weekend and, the feature of which will hopefully be Our Island, who is an intended runner in the Eider. He definitely gets in the race and, while we may be a couple of pounds out of the handicap if the top horse runs, we’d be running off a mark of 119, which is 8lbs lower than when 5th in the Welsh National a year ago.
|Saved By John (left) finishing 2nd at Ascot in December|
I feel so sorry for the team at Chepstow, where the last four meetings have had to be abandoned due to waterlogging. The forecast looks pretty good for them this week, especially in comparison with what we have had to deal with so far this year and I hope they get the all-clear to go ahead on Saturday, where Saved By John is likely to run in the 2m handicap chase.
A tremendously consistent sort (he has finished in the first three on 10 of 12 completed starts for us), he finished runner-up on his first two starts this season before finishing 5th on his latest outing at Cheltenham in December. The handicapper has dropped him back 3lbs to his Ascot mark and, though it looks a tough contest, I think he will extremely competitive at a course that plays to his strengths.
We also have a host of entries in bumpers across the weekend and, weather permitting, we’ll be hoping to start off several of our youngsters.