14th February - Exeter
Two runners today at Exeter.
1.40pm Norley runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 3f.
Norley broke a blood vessel last time out at Plumpton, it’s not something he’s ever done before at home or in a race.
When he arrived at Plumpton that day he was very wound up and with the stables being so close to the racecourse he got worse during the day, as a result he was way too keen early on in his race and both of these factors caused him to break a blood vessel.
Norley is a highly strung horse, which is not unusual for horses by Yeats but he’s never been like that before so I have to hope it was a one off.
Norley is an extremely good looking horse who can be a bit gassy at times but Meg does a good job with him and he’s generally pretty good now at home.
He will be ridden by Jonathan Burke.
3.10pm Grandeur D’Ame runs in a listed novice hurdle over 2m.
After winning a bumper and then being placed in a listed bumper at Cheltenham we decided to go hurdling with Ru as I didn’t think staying in bumper races would be good for him.
We chucked him in at the deep end in his first outing over hurdles, The Tolworth at Sandown but he ran perfectly well enough, his jumping can be very quick and he learnt as he went along under a patient ride from Aidan. He looked as if he was going to run on going to the second last before weakening from the final hurdle.
He is still a weak baby who is going to be a stayer in time and my plan is to get him some experience in good races this season and if he wins one all well and good but if he remains a novice for next autumn I’d be happy.
Ru is a very forward going type who enjoys heavy ground and with another summer on his back I think he could make up into a nice horse for next winter.
He will be ridden by Gavin Sheehan.
Norley is looked after, ridden at home and he will be led up by Megan Brown.
Grandeur D’Ame is looked after and will be led up by Jan Soldan, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.