21st January - Market Rasen & Lingfield
Four runners today weather permitting
Imperial Hope was fairly strong in his first two outings for us last season when winning a bumper and finishing second on his hurdles debut, sadly on his racecourse reappearance in November he completely lost the plot and went off like a scalded cat, he was never going to keep up that pace and subsequently faded tamely.
On investigation he was found to have a serious issue with his wind, there didn’t appear to be any problem last season so it’s impossible to know if it was starting then or just suddenly developed.
It’s hard to believe but horses can sometimes literally develop a wind problem overnight, its very frustrating and that’s why a lot of trainers just have horses wind operated on if they lose form for no reason.
Anyway he’s had surgery and this will be his first outing since.
Sometimes if a horse is worried about their wind they can try and run away from the problem, again I don’t honestly know if that was the case with Imperial Hope at Hereford or whether he was just ridiculously fresh first time out ????
Imperial is a horse I think a lot of as a potential staying chaser but it’s imperative he learns to settle in his races, he’s a proper stayer, he’s already won a point to point before we bought him… where he made all.
This trip will be on the short side for him but for the reasons I’ve already explained it’s a needs must right now, he will be ridden with restraint (hopefully) and it’s more important to me that he settles and runs through the line than where he finishes.
Imperial Hope is very easy to deal with in his stable and he’s good to ride except he can be very strong on the gallops, he thinks he’s faster than he is … my head lad Stefan has done a good job with him at home but the proof will be on a racecourse.
Bembridge ran out through the wing at Southwell last time out, it was completely out of character for him he’s never even looked at a wing before and he regularly leads when schooling.
He has schooled every week since and he’s been fine so maybe it was just a case of something catching his eye and hopefully it will end up being a one off.
This will be his first attempt at three miles, I have no reason to think that will be a problem he appears to be a staying chaser in the making as long as he’s strong enough at this stage of his career.
Bembridge is a horse with plenty of ability who will make up into an even better chaser, he has been mentally immature to train which is why he’s still over hurdles for now to gain some more racing experience.
Bembridge is a kind horse to deal with and good to ride, although he can be keen at times.
Chilli (Booty) returned to form last time out at Fontwell (under todays jockey) much to everyone’s delight, he’s been a horse that has been difficult to train due to constant niggly issues, so along with his patient owners all of the credit must go to my head lad Stefan and Buffy Shirley Bevan (vet) for their constant attention to him.
Chilli is stepping up in trip today and it’s a bit of a punt but it’s a decent prize.
He will be ridden as if he’s going to get the trip on ground that won’t be as testing as last time out.
He does love heavy ground and todays conditions are given as soft which is why I’m attempting the extra distance in the hope that he doesn’t get taken off his feet early on at this sharpish track.
Chilli had another small issue (only an infection that took time to clear) since his last run, otherwise he’d have run before whilst the ground was heavy but touch wood we’ve had no problems in the last few weeks and he’s been buzzing at home on the gallops.
Chilli hates vets, he’s seen too many of them in his life but he’s basically easy to deal with otherwise and generally good to ride but he can be strong at times.
They will be ridden by Tom Cannon.
Springtown joined us last autumn from Phillip Hobbs yard (on Hobby’s recommendation) to see if a change of scenery might rejuvenate him after he’d appeared to have lost his way.
Formerly a decent hurdler/chaser he has understandably slipped down the ratings in recent times and if he could return to any sort of form he would run well but this is his second outing for us and he showed no renewed enthusiasm on his debut in December.
We have tried various different things with him including a recent day out at the beach, he enjoys his life and to be fair to him he has been in very good form at home of late, this spring will decide whether his owner perseveres or retires him.
Either way it will be a decision made in the horses best interest and he will be very easy to re home, please don’t message me re having him as it will be up to his owner and we already have people in mind.
Springtown loves heavy ground, he usually jumps well and he has won over this trip before, he is a real professional at home who loves his schooling but he can be strong on the gallops.
He will be ridden by Brendan Powell.
Imperial Hope is looked after by Cameron Baker, he will be led up by Shannon Passotti and he is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky.
Bembridge is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Tara Moore.
Cilaos Glace is looked after and will be led up by Shannon Passotti, he is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky.
Sprngtown Lake is looked after and will be led up by Harry Brown, he is ridden at home by either Alfie Jordan or Cameron Baker.