16th January - Newbury & Plumpton
Newbury 1.10pm Mr Dorrell Sage runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m.
Dorrell has had a cauterisation of his soft palette since his last race.
Dorrell ran below par first time out at Stratford, he did blow quite hard afterwards and also had a nasty overreach, as he works so well at home I thought maybe he wasn’t as fit as I thought and possibly the cut slightly affected him. That was on good ground.
He then went to Taunton on softer ground and it was very obvious he wasn’t able to breathe, he had a cauterisation only six months before so it came as a surprise that it needed to be done again so soon.
It’s not uncommon for horses to have their soft palette re done but usually it would last longer, however they are all different and there is no definitive time frame to this procedure.
Fortunately it is a relatively simple operation and the recovery is generally quick.
Basically we have to draw a line through his first two runs and start afresh.
This is his first run in a handicap and time will tell whether he is on a good mark or not but he will enjoy the ground and I think the track will suit him.
Dorrell is a good looking son of Sageburg, he works nicely and his jumping is generally fast and accurate.
He will be ridden by Tom Garner.
Plumpton 3.40pm Manning Estate runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 4f.
Flash ran with great promise in his first hurdle race here last month, he finished second to Coole Well and was staying on strongly at the end of the race as if further would suit.
He was then disappointing at Fontwell when re opposing the winner on seven pounds better terms, Coole Well finished second and Flash was beaten 20 lengths by him so he can’t have run to his Plumpton form.
There was no obvious excuse other than the ground was tackier but it was soft first time out so that’s not definitely the case.
As I’ve said before they are not machines and they can have off days, we have to hope that’s all it was.
Flash is a character at home, he can be quite naughty at times and he has a mighty buck in him, he’s great to have around though and he does keep us amused.
Flash is as his name suggests, flashy, he’s a good looking boy and a very good mover in all his paces.
He will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Dorrell is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Janine Hamilton.
Flash is looked after and will be led up by Flora Alessandroni who shares riding him out with Andy Llewellyn.