17th March - Doncaster
Three runners today at Doncaster.
Walk In The Wild runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 3f.
Wilfred has run ok in his first two races without yet showing what we see from him at home, there’s clearly more to come from him once he strengthens up properly.
Wilfred is a big backward type who is still mentally quite immature, he was very flippant at his hurdles when we first began schooling him, mainly due to a lack of concentration so we sent him over to Laura Collett to work her magic and he’s been much better since.
Wilfred is a nice horse to deal with and apart from the occasional buck he’s good to ride.
Chilli ran well first time out at Wetherby when finishing second before disappointing on his second outing at Leicester, my horses weren’t exactly firing at that time so I’ve no idea if that made any difference.
Chilli is not always easy to train he has niggly issues which can disrupt his training but fingers crossed I’ve had no problems with him recently and he’s had a clear run into today.
He was initially a very strong horse on a racecourse so it’s taken time to be able to step him up in trip and I think this trip and track will suit him.
Chilli is a big horse who has sometimes lacked confidence in his jumping, possibly due to his various problems, he seems to have overcome that issue so far this season and his schooling has been very good.
Chilli may be more relaxed on a racecourse but he’s still pretty strong at times at home, he works really well and I still have every faith that there is a nice race in him somewhere if his niggles allow.
Imperial Hope won a point to point in Ireland, there were only two finishers and as the pointing season was then halted hardly anything has run again since, so it’s an impossible race to asses.
When he arrived here with me Imperial Hope looked like a hat rack, he won his point on a Sunday came over to England the next day for the sales and after two days he travelled down to Lambourn, so we then gave him a quiet few weeks to recover.
Imperial Hope is a tall horse who is still fairly unfurnished, he’s very chilled in himself but he does come alive once he gets upsides in his work.
I’m looking forward to seeing how he handles it all today but he can only improve with a good summer on his back.
They will be ridden by Brendan Powell.
Walk In The Wild is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by either Kai Lenihan.
Cilaos Glace is looked after, ridden at home and he will be led up by Gracie O’Reilly.
Imperial Hope is looked after and will be led up by he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.