22nd & 23rd January - Weekend Runners
Taunton 1.33pm Rhebus Road runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m.
Rhebus ran much better on his second outing for me when a strong finishing second at Fontwell, it was just annoying that he met the last two hurdles wrong and didn’t land running.
He’s a horse that takes a lot of work and his jumping is getting sharper all the time so he’s likely to improve with racing.
Rhebus does like good ground, he was due to run here last month but I took him out in view of the forecast rain and I just hope with frost coming out of the ground it isn’t on the tacky side today.
Rhebus is a little pro at home, he’s easy to deal with if a little bit cheeky at times.
He will be ridden by Brendan Powell.
Mistersister runs in a novices handicap chase over 2m 4f.
Mistersister ran really well on his debut for us at Sandown when finishing third.
He had shown ability in France before arriving here last season to be trained by Charlie Mann and as can sometimes happen with youngsters coming over here he just never fired, he was given a good summer out before returning looking physically much stronger.
Mistersister has schooled very well, this will be his chase debut, he’s not over big so I’m hoping he’s just as enthusiastic on a racecourse and that he can get into a good early rhythm.
Mistersister is a little star at home, he’s a thoroughly likeable horse who is easy to deal with and to ride.
Roger was taken off his feet last time out at Wincanton over half a mile less than this when finishing last, it was disappointing but it was something I was worried might happen before the race.
He wasn’t given a hard time and he came back fresh and well.
Roger is a rhythm horse who is usually an exceptionally good jumper, this track should play to his strengths and three miles on good to soft ground should be perfect for him.
Roger is a very good looking, tall horse who is easy to deal with and to ride.
They will be ridden by Katie O’Farrell.
Lingfield 3.35pm Seaston Spirit runs in the Surrey National over 3m 4f.
Keith was almost brought down last time out at Plumpton in the Sussex National, a race he’d won twelve months before. He pulled up immediately afterwards.
Keith had a really good season last winter but as is often the case with handicappers he’d reached a mark which was high enough and he needed to drop a few pounds in order to be competitive again.
Keith loves heavy ground and extreme distances, which he will get today, it may be that he still needs to drop a few more pounds but he seems in good form at home.
Keith is a character at home, he was once quite naughty to ride but like all of us he’s settled down with age.
He will be ridden by Sam Twiston Davies.
Rhebus Road is looked after by Amy Deans who shares riding him out at home with Tarnya, he will be led up by Cameron Baker.
Mistersister is looked after, will be led up and he is ridden at home by Harry Brown.
Peur De Rien is looked after and will be led up by Cameron Baker, he is ridden at home by Tarnya.
Seaston Spirit is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by Megan Brown or James Luck.