9th January - Doncaster and Taunton

09-January-2018 6:51
in General
by Admin

Three runners today.

12.55pm Book Of Gold runs in a maiden hurdle over 2m 4f.
Book Of Gold ran well at Newbury on his last outing finishing fourth, he made the running at a sensible pace and kept galloping to the line. He isn’t a horse that has a turn of foot, he’s a relentless galloper and they usually make better chasers.
Book is a big strong type and as I’ve said before whatever he does over hurdles will be a bonus but he’s still capable of winning a hurdle.
Book is getting better with experience but he still can be a bit flippant over his obstacles, I tend to school him over fences at home to get him making a good shape.

1.25pm Euxton Lane runs in a novice hurdle over 2m.
Euxton was extremely disappointing at Market Rasen on his debut over hurdles having run well in his bumper previously.
I was concerned that the track might be too sharp for him that day but he did travel ok until getting in tight to a hurdle halfway down the back straight, he went form hero to zero in a stride.
Lash let him canter home in his own time, he pulled up sound but as soon as he cooled down he was lame and very stiff and sore all over. Adrenaline can mask pain in the short term.
We had to go quietly with him for a while, he did plenty of swimming and he had a lot of massages from Michelle Hayward plus treatment from Anthony Webber.

He’s another very big horse and as such they can look awkward when they get close to a hurdle, he has tons of scope though and he’ll make a better chaser.
Euxton works really nicely at home, he has a good cruising speed and his schooling has always been good.

Even though they will both eventually handle soft ground, I’ve sent them up here for slightly better ground as they are still a bit on the weak side.

They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell
Book Of Gold is looked after by Erin Pringle who will also lead him up, he is ridden at home by Tom Garner.
Euxton Lane is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky.

2.10pm Royalraise runs in a handicap chase over 3m.
Royalraise was a bit disappointing on his reappearance at Kempton but it was after a long lay off and he carried 11.10, once he got outpaced from two out he became uncompetitive and Leighton was not hard on him, so it’s best ignored.
I’ve been desperate to run him again for the last month but he needs better ground, it is given as soft here but it doesn’t tend to be as bad as some other courses.
Royalraise has run well here previously finishing a good second over this trip but on slightly better ground.
Royalraise is normally a very good jumper, if anything he can spend a bit too much time in the air, he has worn blinkers before but he hasn’t got them on today.

He will be ridden by Conor Shoemark.

Royalraise is looked after and will be led up by Peter Macek, he is ridden at home by Ell Lloyd.

The video below was taken last Thursday, the light was poor so it’s not great.
Royalraise jumped ten fences, first time single file and then five upsides.
Book Of Gold jumped six hurdles and then as you see here he then jumped five fences.
Euxton was out second lot so the light was better, he is seen upsides Ourvilles Million and Peter Tuma.