27th December - Wetherby & Chepstow
Four runners today.
Wetherby 12.25pm Brummie Boys runs in a novice hurdle over 2m.
Brummie ran perfectly well in his first outing over hurdles at Hereford when finishing fourth.
He looked as if he’d be a lot closer half a mile from home before he weakened markedly on the soft ground, I’ve dropped him back in trip today.
Brummie has shown ability in both of his races to date but he is still a shell of a horse and he’s still growing, he is definitely a longer term prospect but obviously I’m keen to get some experience into him this winter.
Brummie is good to deal with although in keeping with most of the Flemensfirth’s I’ve trained he can have his moments.
Tarada ran an absolute blinder last time out at Huntingdon when finishing second to Slate House he was only beaten half a length in only his fourth ever race and his first run over fences.
Tarada was fit that day but he will be sharper for the run, he hadn’t been on a racecourse for nine months after suffering with muscular issues last spring.
Tarada was a bit sketchy at the first couple of fences before getting into a really good rhythm, he will make up into a very good jumper.
I must thank Lucy Jackson who had him for a couple of months before he returned to Rhonehurst in late September, she is an experienced event rider and she did a lot of ground work/dressage with him and sent him back to me looking fantastic.
Tarada is a gent at home, he’s good to do anything with and easy to ride.
Juliet won at Southwell last time out over this trip and on this type of ground, she is a thorough stayer who usually jumps well.
Juliet has a very laid back style of racing which means she saves energy for the business end of a race.
Juliet is good to do anything with except she will kick other horses so no one likes to be behind her in the string.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Chepstow 3.25pm Dominateur runs in a novice handicap chase over 3m.
He will be ridden by Gavin Sheehan.
Dominateur won over course and distance last time but he did give us a couple of scares along the way, especially when he and Gav had a difference of opinion at the last fence.
Dominateur is a funny horse in that he looks (and feels) as if he’s going nowhere and then one good jump or a slap and he can take off suddenly and you get to the front sooner than you hoped.
He can be a bit like that at home, he’s relaxed to ride but you can light him up at times if you’re not careful.
Dominateur races behind the bridle so he is not always easy for a jockey to see a stride on, he just needs plenty of practice but the scope and the ability is definitely there.
Dominateur is another that is easy to deal with, he’s a kind horse.
Brummie is looked after and will be led up by Nikola Studena, she also looks after and rides out No No Juliet, Brummie is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky.
Tarada is looked after will be led up and is ridden at home by Quinten Leceour.
Dominateur is looked after and will be led up by Marcel Danihel, he is ridden at home by various but more often by Beth Dutton.