30th December - Taunton
I’m hoping the ground rides better than the official soft it is given as, it’s a light soil here so it certainly won’t be heavy as it is in most other places at the moment.
I’ve got lots of horses screaming for a run on better ground
Broughton’s had pretty average form on the flat before being sent to Rhonehurst to see if he could jump, he was very natural from day one but I was concerned about his wind.
Broughton’s had a wind operation and this will be his first run since.
He works ok at home so it will be interesting to see him run.
Broughton’s is a nice horse to deal with and very easy to ride.
Republican ran ok here last time when finishing a remote third, he jumped well and more importantly he didn’t hang which he’d done on his first outing over hurdles at Huntingdon.
He’s a horse that is taking time for the penny to drop and I think he’ll fare better once he’s handicapped and running on good ground, it has to dry up at some stage.
Republican is basically good to ride at home but he can have his moments and has claimed one or two victims.
Shaun ran ok at Chepstow on his first outing over fences, when a well beaten third.
He jumped well and he looked competitive but he just got very tired on the ground, it was his first outing of the season and being a lazy horse he takes a lot of work to get fit.
Shaun has been bright and chirpy since that race, he has continued to school well at home but he is a big horse for a sharp track like this, he will handle soft ground.
I’m bringing Jersey back to hurdles after three runs over fences, I think he’s capable of winning a small race or two over fences but he doesn’t look as if he enjoys it at the moment after losing his confidence at Fakenham.
I’ll keep him to hurdles for the time being but decent ground is important to him and even though the handicapper has given him a chance he’s not the biggest of horses to carry top weight.
Bean has been fresh at home, he’s been desperate to run but this bloody awful weather has not been kind to good ground horses.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Broughton’s Bear is looked after, ridden out and will be led up by Lenka Helmecka, she also looks after Republican who is ridden at home by Beth Dutton.
Shaun is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at home by Erin Pringle.
Jersey is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at home by Gracie O’Reilly.