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Le Milos impresses at Exeter

A dual winner over hurdles, Le Milos had scored over fences last season and added a second win over the larger obstacles with an impressive display at Exeter yesterday under Alan Johns.

Sent into the lead at the second fence, Le Milos jumped particularly well throughout and looked to have all of his rivals in trouble some way from home.  Though a couple closed up approaching the third last, Le Milos quickened again when asked and Alan never really had to ask too many questions.

The seven year old was a bargain purchase from France as a juvenile, where he has been contesting claiming contests.  However, he is now developing into a smart handicapper and with his record over fences now reading 31321, he is clearly progressing and I hope there is plenty more to come!  The handicapper will now have his say, but he will get in to some of the more valuable handicap chases now and hopefully he can take the step up in grade in his stride.

Congratulations to his owners Bovian Racing!


Bells Of Peterboro wins in style at Chepstow

We won the 3m handicap hurdle at Chepstow on Welsh National day in 2019 with Eva’s Oskar and had the race in mind for Bells Of Peterboro for some time, so it was fantastic to see him record a career-best success with a 22-length win under Alan Johns.

He travelled really well on the heavy ground and loomed up approaching the second-last (usual third-last), still on the bridle when hitting the front at the last and then coasting home in effortless fashion.

He remains unexposed over a trip on heavy ground and the manner of the success suggests that he can make an impression in a nice handicap even when re-assessed.  We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making a plan, but hopefully he can make a bold bid to follow up next time.  Congratulations to his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle!


Dalamoi wins on hurdling debut

PHOTO-2021-11-17-12-29-45A half-brother to former stable star Debece, Dalamoi has always looked a lovely horse in the making at home and following a highly-promising fifth on his seasonal reappearance in a hot bumper at Cheltenham last month, he got off the mark on his hurdling debut at Ffos las yesterday.

He raced handily throughout under Alan Johns, who was alive to the fact there had been a steady pace, and sent Dalamoi into the lead before the turn for home.  Dalamoi gamely saw off all challenges in the home straight and was going clear again at the line.

As his pedigree and physique would suggest, he is very much a staying chaser for the future and we’ll be stepping him up from two miles next time.  He is an exciting prospect for the future and congratulations to his owners Nikki and Brian Ead on yesterday’s win!


Eva’s Oskar records a Chepstow hat-trick

PHOTO-2021-10-26-16-31-37 copy 2A winner over hurdles at this meeting in 2019 and again on Welsh National day that year, Eva’s Oskar won for the third consecutive visit to Chepstow, in doing so producing his best performance to date over fences.

The seven-year-old son of Shirocco had looked unlucky not to get off the mark when falling at Catterick in January, but hadn’t quite been at his best on his next two outings.

Back from a break and returned to his favourite course, he really had to knuckle down up the home straight, as he didn’t look to be going as well as the eventual runner-up.  However, he has stamina in abundance, took up the running at the second-last and was then very game in the run to the line.

We’ve always hoped he might develop into a Welsh National type and though he is borderline for getting in off his current mark, that might well be the aim for him, as he is well-suited by soft/heavy ground, stays very well and clearly likes his visits to Chepstow!  Congratulations to his owners Sally and Dick Prince.


Oriental Cross scores at Ffos Las

PHOTO-2021-10-16-17-24-31Having her first start since April, Oriental Cross made a winning seasonal reappearance with a typically game effort at Ffos Las under Charlie Price.

The eight-year-old was prominent throughout, jumping well, and was sent to the front on the home bend.  Some fine jumps up the straight helped matters considerably and she found enough to repel the persistent challenge of the eventual runner-up.

She has been a lovely mare for her owners, John and Nigel, and this was her fifth career success in her 19 career starts.

The handicapper shouldn’t be too hard on her for that win and, given she handles plenty of cut in the ground, there should be lots of options for her in the weeks ahead.



Cape Robin wins at Worcester

A winning pointer in Ireland, Cape Robin has needed a little time to find his feet under rules, but he had run very well in defeat on his previous outing at Ffos Las, the form of which has worked out particularly well.  Stepped up in trip for his run at Worcester yesterday, he took a big step forwards, travelling strongly and jumping well on his way to a nine-length success.

The son of Robin Des Champs is a well-related individual and now that he has got his head in front, he looks capable of progressing further, with another step up in trip a possibility in time.

Congratulations to his owners Optimum Racing and Andrew Bell!


Bells Of Peterboro chimes at Chepstow

PHOTO-2021-04-23-20-09-29It was great to end what has been a very tough season on a winning note, with the ultra-consistent Bells Of Peterboro winning his second race of the year with another battling success under Alan Johns, on this occasion at Chepstow.

The six year old came into the race with form figures of 214122 from his last six starts, but he looked unlikely to add another victory to that record when coming under pressure on the long home bend.  However, he picked up really well under pressure, joining the leaders at the second-last, hitting the front before the final flight and then just doing enough on the run to the line.

There should be plenty more to come from him over staying trips next season and hopefully he can continue to progress for his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle, who have enjoyed a great time of it this month, having also seen Colonial Empire win in their colours on his bumper debut at Exeter.


Debut win for Colonial Empire

PHOTO-2021-04-16-20-34-31An 8,500gns purchase at the Tattersalls July Sale, Colonial Empire made an instant impact on his racecourse debut at Exeter yesterday, posting an impressive success in the concluding bumper under Charlie Price.

A son of Zoffany, he has plenty of stamina and class on his damside, being a half-brother to a useful flat stayer, out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner The Fugue.

He had been in training on the flat at two and three, but was unraced in that sphere and therefore looked an ideal candidate to run in bumpers.  He has shown plenty of ability in his work at home and that was borne out on the track, as he travelled really strongly through the race.  He was a little green when initially coming under pressure, but quickened really well in the final furlong to score by 10 lengths.

We will look for another bumper for him under a penalty in three weeks’ time and hopefully he can make a very bold bid to follow up yesterday’s success. Congratulations to his owners, Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle!


Double up for Silver In Disguise

Silver In Disguise is a fast-improving novice and he supplemented his Catterick success three weeks ago with a ready win at Chepstow yesterday, with Charlie Price again in the saddle.

Racing off a 15lbs higher mark and hiked in grade, he was niggled along with a mile to go and looked to have plenty of work to do to catch the long-time leader when entering the straight.  However, after the front one made a bad mistake at the fourth last, Silver In Disguise was soon closing in and, joining issue at the last, he jumped it well and stayed on strongly to score by four lengths.

Stamina looks like being his forte and having stepped up from 2m to 2m3f here, we will now look for something over 2m6f+ next time.  I’m sure the handicapper will have his say once again, but Silver In Disguise looks to have plenty more to offer and I am confident he can make a very bold bid to land the hat-trick next time.  Congratulations to his owners John Durston and Nigel Harris!


Gold at Catterick for Silver in Disguise

PHOTO-2021-02-05-14-07-32A winner of an Irish point in 2019, Silver In Disguise had placed in a novice hurdle at Ffos Las in November, but switching to the larger obstacles looked to be the making of him at Catterick yesterday, as he drew right away to score by 21 lengths under Charlie Price.

The seven-year-old has always looked a nice horse in the making at home, but he has needed time to find his feet and is very much a work in progress.  Charlie had to squeeze him along a little in the back straight, but he closed quickly on the leaders rounding the home turn and the pair had matters in control some way out.

I’m sure he will come on plenty for the experience and there should be more to come as he steps up in trip, so I am looking forward to seeing how he develops in the months ahead.  Congratulations to his owners John Durston and Nigel Harris!