19th February - Doncaster
Two runners today at Doncaster.
The weather has played havoc with these qualifying races and this is the penultimate chance to qualify, these wouldn’t be the exact conditions I would like for Sevarano and he is giving away a lot of weight but I’m hoping he’s good enough to get into the four.
Sevarano ran a bit flat last time out at Newbury, nothing came to light but he was quiet for a while afterwards so I don’t think it was his true running.
Previous to that Steve had been impressive in his first two races, winning both the second one under a penalty.
Steve is a big horse who was still on the weak side last season so we finished him early and gave him a good long summer break.
It’s a cliche but he is a chaser in the making, he jumps his hurdles like fences already and he’s an out and out galloper, so I don’t think we will see the best of him until he takes his place in that sphere.
Steve is easy to deal with, he’s good to ride although he can be lazy at times.
Bayaanaat was bred by Hamdan Al Maktoum in whose colours he ran in his first outing on the flat for Dermot Weld, he was then sold to Peter Hiatt where he had a further three races not showing a lot.
Bayaanaat is owned by Jeremy Dougall and Willie Watt who have had jumping horses with me for 30 years so when Peter handed his license in late last year, Bayaanaat moved to Rhonehurst.
Peter and his team had already done a bit of schooling with him before he arrived and he’s been a natural jumper from day one.
It’s difficult to know how Bayaanaat will run because his flat form is very uninspiring but he is honest and he’s done nothing but improve in his work since arriving.
Bayaanaat is an easy horse to deal with and he’s very good to ride.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Sevarano is looked after and will be led up by Erin Pringle, he is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.
Bayaanaat is looked after and will be led up by Jan Soldan, he is ridden at home by Josh Apiafi or James Luck.