12th December - Taunton & Warwick
Two runners today.
Warwick 1.55pm Book Of Gold runs in a handicap chase over 3m.
Book had a good novice hurdle season but he has been disappointing since, last winter he just looked as if he was going through the motions but there was nothing actually wrong with him.
When he came back in this season he seemed more like his old self and we were hopeful ahead of his first outing at Chepstow but again he didn’t fire.
I toyed with idea of sending him pointing or having a change of scenery but his owner wasn’t keen, we’ll just see how he is in his next couple of runs.
Book has been in very good order at home of late and frustratingly he schools exceptionally well at home yet he’s so sloppy on a racecourse.
Book is easy enough to deal with at home, he can be heavy headed on the gallops.
He will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Taunton 2.35pm Cervaro Mix runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m 3f.
Alan won over fences at the first time of asking at Fontwell in the spring then after a summer break he returned to Fontwell in his second novice chase and was running a decent race under a penalty when he tried to take a couple of fences with him.
Alan has tons of scope and jumps very well but he’s brave over his obstacles, maybe too brave at times and he just didn’t seem to be able to get into any rhythm in his three chases so we’re bringing him back to hurdles today.
He is a horse who shows a lot of speed at home, he’d be one of my best work horses, so I hope he can get everything together and win a nice race somewhere on his favoured good ground.
Alan does prefer decent ground and this is as good as we’ll get at the moment hence the amount of runners and the competitive nature of the race.
Alan is easy to deal with, kind in his stable but he is strong on the gallops.
He will be ridden by Gavin Sheehan.
Book is looked after and will be led up by Erin Pringle, he is ridden at home by Flora Alessandroni.
Cervaro Mix is looked after and will be led up by Flora Alessandroni, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.