23rd February - Exeter & Warwick

23-February-2018 6:48
in General
by Admin

Three runners today.

2.25pm Working Class runs in a juvenile hurdle over 2m.
Working Class had reasonable form on the flat before we bought him to go jumping last November.
Working Class has always enjoyed his schooling at home but we weren’t sure he would get the trip on his first outing over hurdles at Market Rasen earlier this month.
He was a bit gassy early on that day, which was just freshness having not run for a while, but pleasingly he did gallop all the way to the line to finish third.
It was a great start to his career over hurdles, he jumped really well he was very slick over his hurdles.
He wouldn’t improve fitness wise for that run but hopefully he’ll be a bit more relaxed early on today which would help him at the back end of the race.

WC is a straightforward horse to do anything with, he is good to ride he works nicely and is a very sensible person in the string.

He will be ridden by Harry Beswick.

3.00pm Blameitalonmyroots runs in a mares handicap chase over 3m.
After running a couple of moody races Ruby redeemed herself at Wincanton last month wearing first time cheek pieces when finishing second, it was a brave run in desperate conditions.
She was beaten by a better horse on the day but it was a marked improvement and she looked much more like her old self.
Ruby needs a good break between races and I’ve given her a bit longer than usual because of the attritional conditions last time out.
She has been in good form since that last race and I don’t know whether the check pieces made any difference or not, because some of mine weren’t running well before Christmas but I have left them on just in case.

Ruby is an exceptional jumper of fences and this track should play to her strengths even if she would probably prefer softer ground.

Ruby is a lovely big mare who has absolutely no patience at all, she won’t stand still for a minute and she would walk all over you when you’re trying to tack her up or when putting her rug on to go to the field or even on her way out to the paddock.... a madam but you can’t help but love her.

She will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.

4.15pm Surtee Du Berlais runs in a novice handicap chase over 3m.
Surtee has been paying the price for winning a listed race over hurdles last season which didn’t actually turn out to be that strong a race.
The problem with running off a mark that is too high is that they have to keep being beaten in order to get to a winnable mark and they can become a bit disappointed as a result, she has been a little lacklustre but then she always has had a lazy way of racing so it’s difficult to tell with her.

Surtee is not quick so she needs soft ground to slow the others down and bring out her stamina, her jumping is good she was a bit over careful before the re application of blinkers.

Surtee is a good looking mare who already has black type so if she doesn’t regain her sparkle she may go off to Stud at the end of the season.

She will be ridden by Conor Shoemark.

Working Class is looked after and will be led up by Emily Wall, he is ridden at home by Harry Beswick.
Ruby is looked after and will be led up by Gracie O’Reilly, she is ridden at home by Tarnya.
Surtee is looked after and will be led up by Peter Macek, she is ridden at home by Janine Hamilton.