28th November - Bangor & Doncaster
Two runners today.
Bangor on Dee 1.22pm Westreet runs in a handicap chase over 3m.
Westreet made an uncharacteristic bad blunder last time out at Fontwell when unseating his jockey, he made no real effort to jump the fence.
When I watched it live I thought he’d been blinded but after seeing the replay it was obvious he wasn’t, a lapse in concentration can happen to any horse but he’s usually a pretty good jumper.
The trip today will be on the short side for him but he needs this ground and with little prospect of any proper rain for the time being I wanted to get him back on a course.
Westreet didn’t really fire last season for no apparent reason, he’s been very bright so far this autumn so I’m hopeful he’ll run better....as long as he can remember to jump ??
Westreet is a kind horse in his stable, he can be a bit nervy and he’s basically good to ride but he’s spooky especially in the wind.
He will be ridden by Harry Beswick.
Doncaster 2.53pm Paseo runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m 4f.
Paseo likes good ground and because he’d had a quiet winter last year I kept him going through the summer after racing was halted in March, with hindsight it was probably a mistake not to give him a summer break as he ran a bit flat in his first three outings this season.
Paseo then did have a break and because he does everything so easily at home he needed his recent outing at Kempton on his reappearance, he’ll be sharper for that outing.
Pads is a horse you can’t bully in a race, you need him to think he’s going well and keep him happy.
He’s wearing first time cheek pieces in an attempt to help him travel.
Paseo is a happy horse at home, he loves his jumping and he’s good to ride.
He will be ridden by Kai Lenihan.
Westreet is looked after and he will be led up by Tom Britten, he is ridden at home by Stefan Namesansky or Amy Deans.
Paseo is looked after, will be led up and he is ridden at home by Amy Deans.
This video taken yesterday morning show firstly two clips of Paseo in the yellow cap leading under Kai Lenihan, then two clips of Westreet also leading wearing a green cap under Harry Beswick.