2nd & 3rd January - Sandown & Plumpton

02-January-2021 6:37
in General
by Admin

Weekend runners.


One runner today at Sandown.



Ru has run nicely in his first two races this season, two soft ground bumpers.

He won impressively first time out at Newton Abbot and then finished a creditable second in a listed bumper at Cheltenham.

This is his first run over hurdles today and he’s really going in at the deep end.

I didn’t want to keep him to bumpers this season as I don’t think it would benefit him and after discussions with his owners Andrew and Kate Brooks we decided that we would run him in two or three good hurdle races this spring and if he goes and wins one all well and good but if he gets placed and gains valuable experience but remains a novice for next season we’d be equally happy.


Ru has plenty of ability but he is still far from the finished article and this is a route a lot of trainers take with this type of horse.

Ru has schooled well at home, he’s quick and economical over his obstacles and I’m happier running him in a small field here than with 18 runners around a smaller track.


Ru is an easy horse to deal with in his stable but he is busy to ride and although he does need to learn to relax more he’s getting better.


He will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.


Sunday Plumpton.


Norley showed promise in his bumper at Warwick on his first outing last season and we thought he’d be a decent novice hurdler this year, he was very disappointing on his only run this season and he was subsequently found to have breathing issues.

Norley had an operation to correct this and it’s his first run since.


Norley is an extremely good looking son of Yeats and typically of that sire he’s quite a gassy horse at home, he’s a good work horse and has always schooled well.


He will be ridden by Brendan Powell.



Keith was impressive in his only race so far this season, a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las, the ground was desperate that day and he had the run of the race to provide young Kai Lenihan with his first winner under rules.


Keith has been in good form at home since that run, he was quite naughty as a young horse but these days he’s settled down and he’s easy to deal with.

He loves extreme conditions and distances and his jumping is usually very good.


He will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.


Grandeur D’Ame is looked after and he will be led up by Jan Soldan, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.

Norley (Brown) is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at home by Megan Brown.

Seaston Spirit is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by James Luck.