8th January - Lingfield & Southwell
Three runners today, all of these horses have been waiting for some better ground.
Lingfield is staging an all weather bumper card because of the numerous jumps meetings that have been lost to the weather recently.
Lingfield 1.20pm Volturnus runs in a 2m bumper.
Volturnus has shown glimmers of ability over hurdles before picking up an injury and being sidelined for a year, his return to a racecourse in October was fairly disappointing. We have applied cheek pieces and a return to the all weather may bring out the ability that we know he has.
Volturnus is a decent work horse at home and he has won three times on the all weather when trained by Jamie Osborne.
He and Le Boulevardier are half brothers but Volturnus is a bit more straightforward to deal with.
Le Boulevardier is a good looking horse with plenty of ability but he has a mind of his own, there’s no malice in him he’s just a playboy that thinks he can do what he wants when he wants.
His early bumper form was good but he became increasingly frustrating in his last few runs.
Le Boulevardier is a very cheeky horse at home who bucks and plays around constantly, luckily Lenka is fond of him and just laughs when he’s performing.
They will be ridden by Brendan Powell.
Southwell, this is an all weather flat meeting.
Bayaanaat was bred by Shadwell Stud and he was trained for them by Dermot Weld for whom he ran four times, his form was pretty average but to be fair to the horse he is big so was entitled to be backward.
He was then bought cheaply by his present connections with a view to going jumping.
His schooling was always good and he ran ok on his first outing over hurdles at Doncaster last season before pulling up on desperate ground at Bangor on his reappearance this time, he ran reasonably well again on his most recent run at Huntingdon.
Bayaanaat works very well at home but so far he hasn’t exactly transferred that to a racecourse, I’m hoping that there is still improvement in him as a hurdler and it will be interesting to see how he runs today back on the flat.
Bayaanaat is an easy horse to deal with and he’s good to ride at home.
He will be ridden by Tom Greatrex.
Volturnus is looked after by Kai Lenihan, he will be led up by Megan Brown and he is ridden by various people.
Le Boulevardier is looked after, will be led up and he is ridden at home by Lenka Helmecka.
Bayaanaat is looked after and he will be led up by Mila Lunackova, he is ridden at home by Cameron Baker.