28th January - Doncaster
One runner today at Doncaster.
Imperial Hope runs in a novice hurdle over 2m.
Imperial Hope was fairly strong in his first two outings for us last season when winning a bumper and finishing second on his hurdles debut, sadly on his racecourse reappearance in November he completely lost the plot and went off like a scalded cat, he was never going to keep up that pace and subsequently faded tamely.
On investigation he was found to have a serious issue with his wind, there didn’t appear to be any problem last season so it’s impossible to know if it was starting then or just suddenly developed.
It’s hard to believe but horses can sometimes literally develop a wind problem overnight, its very frustrating and that’s why a lot of trainers just have horses wind operated on if they lose form for no reason.
Anyway he’s had surgery and this will be his first outing since.
Sometimes if a horse is worried about their wind they can try and run away from the problem, again I don’t honestly know if that was the case with Imperial Hope at Hereford or whether he was just ridiculously fresh first time out ????
Imperial is a horse I think a lot of as a potential staying chaser but it’s imperative he learns to settle in his races, he’s a proper stayer, he’s already won a point to point before we bought him… where he made all.
This trip will be on the short side for him but for the reasons I’ve already explained it’s a needs must right now, he will be ridden with restraint (hopefully) and it’s more important to me that he settles and runs through the line than where he finishes.
Imperial Hope is very easy to deal with in his stable and he’s good to ride except he can be very strong on the gallops, he thinks he’s faster than he is … my head lad Stefan has done a good job with him at home but the proof will be on a racecourse.
He will be ridden by Brian Hughes.
Imperial Hope is looked after and will be led up by Cameron Baker, he is ridden at home by Alfie Jordan or Stefan Namesansky.