8th February - Towcester & Doncaster

08-February-2018 6:41
in General
by Admin

Four runners today.

Towcester 1.50pm Piton Pete runs in a maiden hurdle over 2m.
Pete has been placed in all of his hurdle races to date, he looked the winner two out at Hereford last time over 2m 4f before being outstayed by two nice types (the winner has won again since over 3m).
I’ve dropped him back to two miles here because it’s such a stiff track and on soft ground it can take some getting.
I can’t believe Pete is still a maiden, he’s been consistent and he has ability so it’s just a matter of time before he gets his head in front.

Pete is an easy person to deal with, he is a confidence horse and once he wins a race he’ll be away.
He will be ridden by Conor Shoemark.

3.25pm Seaston Spirit runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 4f.
Seaston won his last race at Fontwell, he made a couple of novicey mistakes along the way including at the last flight but he ran on well to the line.
Seaston has been very cocky at home since that race, as I’ve mentioned plenty of times before confidence is key with some horses and they know when they’ve won.
Erin Pringle rides him out every day and unfortunately he dumped her at the bottom of the gallops last week, it’s the second time he’s managed to get rid of her...poor Erin, she still loves riding him though.

Harry Beswick is riding him to negate the penalty he acquired when winning.

Neither of these two horses have run around Towcester before, obviously I wouldn’t be running them if I didn’t think the track will suit them but you never know until you try as Towcester form can throw up surprises.

Doncaster 4.05pm Jurby and Valdas Princess run in a novice hurdle over 2m.
Check yesterday’s write up for Valdas Princess.
Jurby won nicely at Wincanton on his most recent start, I wasn’t sure how he’d handle the ground and whilst he coped with conditions I wouldn’t say he would want them as soft that ideally.
Jurby is now an 8yo, he won a bumper for the late Malcolm Jefferson before picking up an injury and having two seasons on the sidelines.
He was a good second at Stratford in his first outing for us and then I lost him a bit (he broke a blood vessel and went right off his food) so I had to go quietly with him for a while, he’s been fine since his short break and I’ve had no further issues with him.
Jurby is quite highly strung, he’s a busy horse who doesn’t take a lot of work.

It’s not ideal running two in one race but I need to get runs into some of the novices and Ludlow, which was abandoned yesterday plus Doncaster are two tracks where you will get better ground when the conditions are heavy everywhere else, hence why Valdas runs.

Jurby will be ridden by Leighton Aspell and Valdas by Jack Sherwood.

Pete is looked after and will be led up by Peter Macek, he is ridden at home by Tarnya.
Seaston is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Erin Pringle.

Jurby is looked after and will be led up by Elle Lloyd, he is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky.
Valdas is looked after by Emily Wall, she also rides her at home and will lead her up.