15th December - Newbury
Two runners today at Newbury.
12.50pm Crypto Currency runs in a maiden hurdle over 2m.
Crypto ran better than his placing suggests when fifth at Sandown last month, he looked all over the winner turning into the straight before blowing up and running on again close to the line.
Like all my bumper horses he will have improved for that race and because Johnny wasn’t hard on him he came back fresh and well from the experience.
Crypto won a point to point before Tim Syder bought him to come to us so he has jumped in public before, his schooling at home has always been good.
Crypto is a miserable devil in his box and he would bite or kick you but he is fine when he’s out at exercise and he loves his work.
2.35pm Maclaine runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 4f.
Maclaine ran on well at the finish in his only outing to date a bumper at Newbury.
That race was run at a farcical pace which was a total crawl early on and he was very keen to begin with but so was everything else. Due to the slow start to the race it turned into a sprint over the last three furlongs and Maclaine was too inexperienced to cope with it initially but once the penny began to drop he flew and was not beaten very far to be fourth, he was in front a couple of strides after the line and then Johnny couldn’t pull him up.
I’ve always been open and honest about my horses in bumpers and even though I’ve had plenty of bumper winners over the years they always improve for a run, they are not trained to the minute or hard ridden because this is the start of their journey.
Maclaine is an enormous horse who I hope will make up into a nice chaser eventually, his schooling has been good on the whole but he can be clumsy at times through a lack of concentration due to his mental immaturity.
Maclaine is easy to deal with he is a bit of playboy to ride when he’s fresh with one of the biggest bucks you will ever see ????
They will be ridden by Jonathan Burke.
Crypto Currency is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.
Maclaine is looked after and will be led up by Megan Brown, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.