22nd April - Perth & Warwick
Three runners today.
Chilli has been running over fences this season and after a good second on his debut he’s been a bit disappointing.
We can’t get him to make a mistake at home but on a racecourse he seems to lose concentration and he’s certainly not bern fluent in his last two runs.
I’ve reverted to hurdles today just to re boot his confidence for what will probably be his last run before a summer break.
Chilli would prefer softer ground than he is going to get today but due to the fact we’ve had no rain for such a long time this is going to be the safest ground we could get for him right now.
Chilli was very strong in his races as a youngster so we were unable to step him up in trip, I think he will prove to be better over three miles so hopefully we’ll be able to go back chasing in the autumn over a longer distance.
He will be ridden by Daryl Jacob.
Republican ran a blinder last time out at Haydock when he was a fast finishing third in a decent race, he got outpaced three out before staying on strongly from the last.
If the ground had been softer I think he’d have nearly won but a sharp track on decent ground just found him out a bit when the front horses quickened away.
Republican is a very honest horse who will go novice chasing again in the autumn and with another summer on his back I think he’ll make up into a nice chaser next season.
He will be ridden by Jonathan Burke.
Laurie has been a challenging horse to train this season, he’s had all sorts of niggly problems, nothing serious just annoying things that have not allowed me to have a free run with him.
Laurie takes a lot of work to get fit so every time he got held up it took a while to get him trendy to run again.
Laurie is a very honest, kind horse he’s a very good jumper at home but he’s not the quickest, he’s likely to go to the sales in May and I would thoroughly recommend him to go pointing.
He will be ridden by Sam Twiston Davies.
Cilaos Glace is looked after, will be led up and he is ridden at home by Gracie O’Reilly.
Republican is looked after by Lenka Helmecka, he will be led up by Beth Dutton and he is ridden at home by Cameron Baker.
Laurie Come On is looked after and ridden at home by Beth Dutton, he will be led up by Cameron Baker.