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I wanted to run more horses this weekend but the weather is still proving quite frustrating. Hopefully next weekend we can turn a corner and get some of the horses that have been waiting for softer out.

On Saturday we go to Haydock and Huntingdon, then on Sunday, it’s off to Uttoxeter with one runner.

Saturday

Beach Break
Track: Huntingdon – 1:40
Jockey: Abbie McCain

He’s been running well all year and the ground at Huntingdon is still on the good side which is fine for him. Abbie rides him and he’s a solid little horse, I do feel that he’s a better horse going left-handed but we are just going to take our chance and hope he continues to run well.

Chti Balko
Track: Haydock – 1:50
Jockey: Brian Hughes

We have been aiming for this race for some time but in the hope that we would have our normal Haydock ground. I think he copes with the better ground but he is more effective on deeper ground. He’s handicapped on deep ground and even though he ran very well on seasonal debut, he may find things happening too quick for him tomorrow.

Black Key
Track: Haydock – 12:10
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a horse we picked up at the sales from the Henry De Bromhead yard and in truth, I don’t know that much about him. He won two of his last three starts in Ireland and it was difficult to find a starting point for him with his current mark, so we said we’d take our chance in this Listed contest.

He seems healthy and we have to get started somewhere, I wouldn’t think he’s up to winning off his current mark but hopefully, he proves me wrong.

Sunday

Whiteoak Stroller
Track: Uttoxeter – 1:40
Jockey: Brian Hughes

She is a well-bred daughter of Shirocco, who is definitely stronger this year. I think she will need further in time and could be more of a staying hurdler down the line but this looks like a place to start her season and we are hoping for a good run.

Best Chance: Chti Balko

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