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I do kick myself every time we have runners at Ffos Las as we never seem to do very well there but I clearly haven’t learned, and have three there today.
Best Boy Barney is in the 2m5f Walters Land Novices’ Handicap Chase.The ground is heavy, and I’d say he’ll cope and slop through it. He certainly didn’t like the ground at Lingfield last month which was gluey. We’ve stepped him back in trip too, which he’ll also cope with. But he needs to buck up on what he’s done so far this season.
Quaddick Lake, who’s in the DJM Solicitors Handicap Hurdle, is getting to a mark where he can start to be competitive. Everything should be in his favour, but again, it does depend on how he copes with the ground, and it all needs to go right for him on the day.
I’d be delighted if our horse in the bumper, Dashaway ,was as good as his full brother Briar Hill who won the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle yesterday. It’s very much an educational run for him and we’ll find out a lot more about him.
Georgina, my daughter, is on duty at Plumpton where we have two runners. I’d be very disappointed if Night of Passion didn’t run well in the Derek Hunnisette Memorial Handicap Hurdle.
Glenwood Prince runs in the Jean Horsburgh Memorial Handicap Chase and I was just a bit annoyed that he has been put up so much for winning at Chepstow in November which is ridiculous. As soon as he’s dropped to a mark he can be competitive at they put him up again. There’s no improvement to come from him.
He’s not a fast horse, but he keeps galloping and 3m2f should suit him. He’s the toughest, most genuine horse you could have as he makes a terrible noise but he keeps trying.
Melodic Rendezvous is fine. He’s had various different tests and one has shown that his white blood cells are very slightly high. He also has a torn muscle in his hind quarters that we are treating. He is not lame but we think it may have effected his performance in the Fighting Five at Newcastle. In those types of races, even if you are only 1 or 2% wrong it can make a huge difference to the final outcome and the general consensus of opinion is that he didn’t run up to his best form.
He’s in very light work at the moment and once we are happy that the damage to his muscle has healed itself we will step up his work. He’s still in a race at Leopardstown, but that is looking increasingly unlikely so we will look at something towards mid January.
We have an incredibly busy time coming up over the next few days and into Christmas week.