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Two weeks today, Melodic Rendezvous could run in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Festival. We still need to get there, and a lot can happen between now and then.
Last year there was a lot of hype surrounding his Festival run, and we’ve learned a lot from that experience.
If he gets there we’ll be delighted. If not, he’s had a terrific season, winning three grade 2 races.
He had a quiet week last week following his win at Wincanton and he’ll have his last decent canter next week. Nick might come down and have a sit on him and maybe pop him over a hurdle.
His owners have been having a terrific time and are like children before Christmas!
We’re having quite a frustrating time with the horses who are all well and healthy but they don’t like this prevailing heavy ground, but it is as well run them, than keep them at home.
One advantage is that if they don’t cope with the ground, the handicapper gives them a bit of a break.
We have plenty of entries over the next few days. Boogie In The Barn might run at Newbury on Friday in the Physicool National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle. The form of his win at Kempton earlier in the month is looking quite useful with the second horse Hot Whiskey N Ice since winning at Fontwell.
We’ve entered Daveron at Newbury in the RR Elite Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. It’s quite a competitive race and he’s not particularly well handicapped but it would be lovely for his owner if he could win and he’s improving with every run.
There’s a nice race for Kilmurvy, the Betfair Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, although I wouldn’t want it to be too soft for him.
I was very pleased with On The Bridge, who is entered in the Pertemps at the Festival, and our unnamed bumper horse who had a racecourse gallop at Exeter on Sunday. It was more of a potter than a gallop but it did the young horse a lot of good.
Golden Gael also pleased me with her recent jumpers for bumper run at Kempton. I think we’ll keep her novice chasing over the summer.
We’re very pleased to support Sarah Gaisford in her Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge. Sarah was a super jockey before her accident at Exeter in 2007 which left her paralysed. She’s raising money for the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and more details can be found on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/LibertyTrailsDartmoorChallenge.
Here is what was said in today's Sporting Life following Melodic Rendezvous' Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle win at Wincanton. http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/604541/kingwell-joy-for-melodic-rendezvous
We’re hopeful Melodic Rendezvous will get a run tomorrow in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. We decided not to run at Kelso yesterday as travelling 20 hours in a lorry would have taken it out of him. Also, his owners are all local and proper jump racing fans so a run at Wincanton makes sense.
If the weather scuppers our plans on Saturday, it’s not the end of the world, and we’ll give him a racecourse gallop, possibly at Exeter next Friday to coincide with their raceday and Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening.
I was very pleased with Boogie In The Barn who won on his hurdles debut at Kempton last week. He is one of the nicest novice hurdlers we have here and I'm sure he could have been a candidate for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival but he has taken a long time to learn how to jump. He’s a tall, rangy horse and very workmanlike.He’s not a great feeder but he has so much potential.
Kilmurvy once again ran a great race to finish fourth in a handicap hurdle at Kempton. He is such a consistent horse but it makes life very difficult for him as inevitably with every run he creeps up the handicap.
I am looking forward to my trip to London next Tuesday when I am a guest of the London Racing Club. It’s an evening for people with a love of jump racing and I will be in the hot seat with Brough Scott asking the questions. It’s a great organisation for people passionate about racing. To join have look here http://www.londonracingclub.org/.
Having comfortably won a Plumpton bumper in December, he lived up to expectations with a three and half lengths win from bumper winner Hot Whisky N Ice in the Betdaq £25 No Lose Mobile Bet Novices’ Hurdle with Nick Scholfield on board. It cheered us up nicely for our trip back to Somerset.