21st October - Fontwell & Hereford
Five runners today.
Norley runs in the 1:25pm Maiden Hurdle
Norley is a stunning looking son of Yeats who finished fifth in his only race to date, a bumper at Warwick.
Norley is a bit of a playboy and it’s because of that he got left so far at the start of his bumper, he was looking around and not concentrating when the tapes went back, he found himself in the rear and then encountered all sorts of traffic problems when trying to make up ground.
Norley was doing his best work at the end of that race and Leighton struggled to pull him up once they passed the line.
Norley has schooled well at home, he’s an athletic horse over an obstacle, he continues to be a bit of a jack the lad but it doesn’t affect his work.
He will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.
Brummie Boys runs in the 2:00pm Maiden Hurdle.
Brummie is a tall horse who was very unfurnished last season, he has filled out a lot but he will continue to strengthen up yet.
Brummie ran well enough in a bumper and his first two outings over hurdles before disappointing on his final start, the ground was heavy that day and I just don’t think he was strong enough to handle it.
Brummie schools nicely, he’s very professional in his work and attitude.
He will be ridden by Tom Scudamore.
Storm Katie runs in the 5:30pm Mares only Bumper
This will be her first race.
Storm Katie is a lovely looking filly by Kapgarde who was bred by her owners Dominic Burke and Andrew Brooks.
She goes well at home but she does need to learn to relax as she can be quite buzzy at times, she is likely to improve with racing once she settles.
She will be ridden by Brendan Powell.
Manning Estate runs in the 1:50pm Novices Handicap Chase
Manning Estae (AKA Flash) ran well on his reappearance over hurdles at Uttoxeter earlier this month when finishing fourth, he would have just needed that race and Daryl wasn’t hard on him once he was beaten.
Flash has only had one previous outing over fences at Huntingdon and as is typical of that track they went a good gallop, he never got into any rhythm and he ended up on the floor at the tenth.
Unfortunately it affected his confidence and then the ground went against him so he didn’t get back on a track again for four months, as a result we then decided to revert to hurdles with him and he duly won.
Flash has done plenty of schooling and we’ve decided to put blinkers on him today to get him to concentrate on his obstacles, he can spend too long in the air without them.
Flash was once a bit of a boy but he’s grown up now and has become a sensible member of the string.
Walk In The Wild runs in the 5:20pm Bumper
This will be his first race.
Walk In The Wild is a big good looking horse by Walk In The Park he works nicely at home but he is still far from the finished article, he will need another summer on his back to properly strength up.
He has also done plenty of jumping in anticipation of going hurdling at some stage and he does love it, he bucks and kicks on the schooling ground and if we look after him I think he has a bright future.
Walk In The Wild will only run if the forecast rain arrives.
They will be ridden by Jonathan Burke.
Norley (Brown) is looked after, ridden at home and he will be led up by Megan Brown.
Brummie boys and Storm Katie are both looked after and will be led up by Lenka Helmecka. Brummie is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky and Storm Katie by Kai Lenihan.
Manning Estate is looked after, ridden at home and he will be led up by Flora Alessandroni.
Walk In The Wild is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Tom Britten.