11th November - Kempton
Three runners at Kempton today
Sammy Bill has always worked seriously well at home but he was too keen on a racecourse to get home.
He is an enigma, I’m still not sure of what trip he wants or the best way to ride him.
He is an enormous horse with an equally huge stride, he’s a free going type and I’m not sure whether to let him bowl along and use that stride or hold him up with a view to finishing strongly.....
He has schooled well at home, he’s neat on his feet yet he still has plenty of scope.
He is a superstar at home, he’s very easy to deal with and a kind person.
Spice War has won two all weather flat races for us over the winter, he was well handicapped and it made sense to get a bit of prize money ahead of what will hopefully be his proper job.
He has done plenty of schooling, he’s a very good jumper but he can be flippant.
He’s a big horse who will jump a fence better than a hurdle.
Vinnie The Hoddie ran a blinder first time out over fences at Wincanton when finishing a close second, his jumping was fast and accurate on that occasion and he looked decent.
The winner broke a blood vessel next time out so there is no way of evaluating the form yet.
Vinnie has always looked the type to make a better chaser, he’s one paced but he’s a strong galloper who is very athletic horse over his obstacles.
Vinnie can be strong on the gallops and he could boil over in the wrong hands but as long as we go quietly with him he’s fine.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Sammy Bill is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Kai Lenihan.
Spice War is looked after and will be led up by Erin Pringle, he is ridden at home by Josh Apiafi who co owns him with Andrew Black.
Vinnie The Hoddie is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at home by Megan Brown.