29th October - Chepstow
Two runners today at Chepstow.
1.15pm Book Of Gold runs in a handicap hurdle over 3m.
Book never really fired last season having had a good novice winter the year before.
Nothing really seemed to be wrong but with hindsight he just didn’t sparkle either at home or at the races.
Book loves heavy ground and it could be that he’d had several tough races the season before and they left their mark.....who knows.
I have been happy with him at home so far, he’s a big strong horse and he’s been back to his bullish best.
Book looked as if he’d make a cracking chaser and he could well return to fences again in the future if his enthusiasm for racing has been rekindled.
Book can be strong on the gallops at home and he does have a good buck in him when he’s fresh.
2.20pm Sevarano runs in a maiden hurdle over 2m 3f.
Steve looked as if the world was his oyster when he made a winning debut in a bumper at Kempton, he then ran respectably in the championship bumper at Aintree.
The following season he ended up only having four runs over hurdles, beginning with huge promise at both Sandown and Newbury, when beaten by two nice horses.
He then really disappointed us at Chepstow, he didn’t finish his race and we were left scratching our heads.
Nothing major came to light so we gave him one more run at Sandown in February and again he didn’t finish his race.
Steve went off for a good long holiday after that and we can only hope it was weakness, he’s 17hh and he was pretty unfurnished.
He has strengthened up over the summer so I’m cautiously optimistic that he can now fulfil his potential.
Steve is a very laid back horse at home, he works extremely well but only does what he has to.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Book and Sevarano are both looked after by Erin Pringle.
Erin will lead up Sevarano and Marcel Danihel will lead up Book.
Erin shares riding out Book with Gracie O’Reilly and Steve is ridden at home by Andy Llewellyn.