2nd & 3rd November - Ascot, Carlisle & Huntingdon
Alan has run in two small field novice chases so far, winning the first one and finishing third last time out at Fontwell.
He made the running on both occasions, because he’s a free going type and it was easier not to fight him but I don’t think it’s the best way to ride him.
Alan made two bad blunders late on in his last appearance, he and Gavin had a difference of opinion, that combined with top weight and running a bit free early on put paid to his chance.
He does seem to have learnt from that experience in his schooling at home since.
This is a step up in trip today, I think he will want further as he learns to relax in his races, he will (hopefully) be dropped in more today but I would be concerned if they get a lot of rain....the forecast is unspecific for the London area.
He’d be ok on good to soft, testing conditions wouldn’t be ideal.
He will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Huntingdon 1.45pm Republican runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 3f.
Republican was slightly disappointing in his bumper races but I think the form has worked out ok and he was pretty green and laid back in his two runs.
Republican isn’t a flashy work horse at home but he has schooled exceptionally well, he’s very quick over an obstacle and enjoys his jumping.
Let’s hope that can bring about the necessary improvement.
Republican is horizontal at home, he just eats and sleeps....he is basically good to ride but can whip around sharply at times and he has claimed one or two victims
He will be ridden by Jonathan Burke.
Dominateur has been a consistent horse over hurdles and I’d like to think he’ll make a better chaser.
His schooling has been good, I think the track will suit him, he would probably want further but this is a good starting point.
Dominateur is a very easy horse to deal with...good to ride and a nice person in his stable.
He will be ridden by Gavin Sheehan.
Pete won a novice chase here last season on his penultimate start, he then ran perfectly well at Perth on ground that was faster than ideal.
Pete is only running back over hurdles because he’s ready to roll and there are no suitable options for him over fences.
I don’t want him to begin over further than 2m 4f, he wants soft/heavy ground and prefers to go right handed....finding the right races for some horses is not as easy as you might think.
Pete has been in cracking form at home and I’m hopeful of a good run on a course he likes.
Pete is a dude at home, he’s good to ride and easy to deal with.
Weststreet won a couple of long distance races last season and this trip will be on the short side for him but it is a very stiff track.
Weststreet loves to be ridden off the pace and produced late in his races, he does nothing in front but that’s not because he’s ungenuine, he just looks around and idles.
The owners of Westreet deserve a lot of credit, they have been incredibly patient with him, he had two years on the sidelines and they could easily have given up ....it’s fantastic that their patience has been rewarded and he seems better than ever.
Weststreet is a funny horse, he’s a typical Westerner in that he’s basically good to ride but he can have a moment if taken out of his routine.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Cervaro is looked after and will be led up by Flora Alessandroni, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.
Republican is looked after by Beth Dutton, she is still off with an ankle injury so Lenka Helmecka has been riding him and will lead him up.
Dominateur is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by
Pete is looked after Flora Alessandroni, she cant travel to Carlisle because she’s going to Ascot so Marcel will lead him up and Tarnya rides him at hone.
Weststreet is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at hone by Quinten Leceour.