Nicky Henderson Stable Tour

Yard Seven Barrows

Where Lambourn, West Berkshire

Started training 1978

Horses in yard 148

Members of staff 56

Head lad Corky Browne

Second in command Charlie Morlock

Assistant trainers Toby Lawes, Clare Alexander, Mary Vestey

Assistant head lad Juergen Werthenbach

Travelling head lads Richard Nicholas, Sarah Shreeve, Rebecca King, Jack Findlater

Jockeys Nico de Boinville, Jerry McGrath, James Bowen, Barry Geraghty, Noel Fehily, David Bass, Daryl Jacob

Conditionals Ned Curtis, Alan Doyle

Secretary Carolyn Harty

Accounts Susanna Wyatt

Stable sponsor Unibet


2017-18 141

2016-17 154

2015-16 81

2014-15 129


2017-18 -76.49

2016-17 -113.50

2015-16 -101.03

2014-15 -58.50




Pedigree: three-year-old gelding

Kamsin (sire) – Anabasis (dam)

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Form figures: 21-3

Racing Post Rating 122 hurdle; official rating –

A smart hurdler in France, he has size and scope and is hopefully going to be more than just a Triumph prospect.


4g Shantou – The Adare Woman

R A Bartlett


RPR – OR –

Stayed on encouragingly in a bumper at Newbury last week, he’s among a crop of lovely youngsters we’ve got and goes hurdling now.


4g Gold Well – She’s Our Banker

Mrs Patricia Pugh


RPR 100 OR –

Was a bit backward, but was a solid second on his only start in a competitive Ludlow bumper and has had a good summer. Goes hurdling.

Angel’s Breath

4g Shantou – Mystic Masie

Walters Plant Hire & Ronnie Bartlett

1- (point-to-point form)

RPR 94p OR –

Impressive in his only point, he has the attributes of a high-class novice hurdler and is likely to start in that sphere, but there’s no rush and he has an enormous future.

Star quality


8g High Chaparral – Monte Solaro

Mrs Patricia Pugh


RPR 183c OR 175c

I’m glad he maintained his unbeaten record over obstacles last season, but it wasn’t all plain sailing after he missed the first half of the campaign following a small wind operation. He was a comfortable winner of the Game Spirit on his return and followed up in the Champion Chase when he may have been in a spot of bother, but Nico, wisely, allowed him time before they took off and flew home. We thought about 2m4f at Aintree, but stuck to 2m and the Celebration Chase, which he was pretty faultless in. The Shloer Chase on Sunday may be an option for his return as is the Tingle Creek.

Altior (Nico de Boinville) jumps the last fence and beats San Benedeto
Sandown 28.4.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Apple’s Shakira

4f Saddler Maker – Apple’s For Ever

John P McManus


RPR 137h OR 142h

This likeable filly – a sister to Apple’s Jade – won a brace of Grade 2s for us after arriving from France, but was disappointing in the Triumph, although she ended a good season by finishing third to We Have A Dream in Aintree’s Grade 1 juvenile hurdle. There’s no reason she shouldn’t progress and the senior mares’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is an obvious target.

Armaans Wish

7g Presenting – Pretty Puttens

Middleham Park Racing Lxiii & K Sohi


RPR 113h OR –

A bumper winner a couple of years ago, he’s been the sidelines, but was a creditable second over hurdles at Worcester in July. He’s a good-ground horse and will jump a fence in time.


8g Alkaadhem – Christy’s Pride

Mrs Mary-Anne Parker


RPR 125h OR 124h

Mr Consistent over hurdles and fences, he won nicely at Towcester in the spring but was a bit disappointing at Wincanton on Saturday. He needs decent conditions to be at his best.


3g Finsceal Fior – Annamanamoux

A Davis

735 (Flat form)

RPR 64F OR 67F

A scopey Flat recruit who looks more of a National Hunt type, he is a strong gelding whose jumping has been excellent, so he shouldn’t take long to come to hand.

Beat That

10g Milan – Knotted Midge

Michael Buckley


RPR 145c 139c

He was a high-class novice hurdler, beating Cole Harden and Don Poli in Grade 1s, but things haven’t gone right for him since with niggly problems. However, he has won twice over fences recently on good ground, which he likes.

Barbados Blue

4f Getaway – Buck’s Blue

Crimbourne Stud


RPR 105b OR –

Owned by the enthusiastic Verdana Blue team, she was an easy winner of a bumper at Warwick in May, despite looking on the leg, and is an exciting prospect for mares’ novice hurdles.

Before Midnight

5g Midnight Legend – Lady Samantha

Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter


RPR 121h OR –

I think he’s run two respectable races over hurdles, but he unseated Nico at Chepstow last time, although he might have won had they not parted company. He’ll be out again soon.

Beware The Bear

8g Shantou – Native Bid

G B Barlow


RPR 153c OR 148c

A lovely, big individual, he won the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle last season, but found life difficult in the Welsh National. He ran well to be fourth in the Ultima at Cheltenham, but disappointed in the Scottish National. He doesn’t want extremes of ground and I still think he has the potential to win a nice staying handicap chase, hopefully with the word National in the title!


5g Flemensfirth – Blue Gale

Cheveley Park Stud

1- (point form)

RPR 92p OR –

He’s an exciting prospect who was impressive in his point and has thrived since joining us. The summer has done this gorgeous type the world of good and he will likely go hurdling. I hope he has a big future.


4g Jeremy – Onewayortheother

John P McManus

1- (point form)

RPR 91p OR –

Another quality point winner and it’d be hard to find a better individual. He could go hurdling, but would be capable of winning a bumper.

Brain Power

7g Kalanisi – Blonde Ambition

Michael Buckley


RPR 162c OR 155c

He’s tested us, but is talented and won two good handicap hurdles in 2016-17 before going over fences last season, when he was a smart second in the Arkle to Footpad. That was testament to our fella’s ability, but then he fell at Aintree. He’s had a full MOT and still has potential to be high class.

Brave Eagle

6g Yeats – Sinful Pleasure

Robert Kirkland


RPR 148c OR 144c

An amazing little horse who has won seven of his 12 starts, he has shown decent form over hurdles and fences, but I fear the handicapper may have had his say. 3m on good ground is what he wants.


6g Yeats – Spring Swoon

Trevor Hemmings


RPR 145h OR 142h

Smart in his bumpers and novice hurdles – he was fourth in the Neptune in 2017 – he is a capable sort I’m looking forward to seeing over fences this season. He stays well and appreciates better ground.

Star quality

Buveur D’Air

7g Crillon – History

John P McManus


RPR 171h OR 169h

He was undefeated for the second consecutive season, winning the Fighting Fifth, Christmas and Contenders Hurdle before another Champion triumph. I imagine those races will be the plan again and possibly he’s an underestimated dual champion. I didn’t think he was at his very best at Cheltenham last season, but he’s had a small wind operation, which I think will help him, and he’s in particularly good order.

Buveur D’Air (Hannah Ryan) in the covered school at Seven Barrows
Lambourn 23.10.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Burrows Edge

5g Martaline – La Vie De Boitron

Michael Buckley


RPR 131h OR 130h

A good novice hurdler, he wants at least 2m4f and progressed enormously last term mentally and physically. He should have a bright future over fences.

Call Me Lord

5g Slickly – Sosa

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 164h OR 160h

He loves Sandown and won twice there last season, including a 16-length romp in the Select Hurdle, and he was also second in the Imperial Cup, when he gave 25lb to the winner in a tight finish we may have won on another day in the stewards’ room. We could try 3m and I don’t see him chasing yet, but that is not set in stone.

Captain Woodie

6g Presenting – Lasado

Middleham Park Racing LXXX


RPR 120b OR –

Among our best bumper horses two years ago, he suffered an injury that has kept him away from the track. Hopefully he’s now ready to resume his career as he’s an exciting prospect for hurdling.

Caribean Boy

4g Myboycharlie – Caribena

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 125h OR –

Second to a smart rival when last seen over hurdles at Auteuil in April, he is a lovely, big grey who screams chasing, but we might wait a year for that.

Casablanca Mix

6m Shirocco – Latitude

E R Hanbury


RPR 150c OR 138c

Ran a great race at Market Rasen last week, but I wonder if she stays 3m. Nevertheless it was a fine effort and she’s a fantastic jumper.


6g King’s Theatre – China Sky

John P McManus


RPR 138h OR 139h

From the family of Best Mate, this good-looker has had issues, but has some decent form and his two hurdle wins in May leave him a novice for the season, so we can explore that route, although he will make a chaser.

Chaparral Prince

3g High Chaparral – Snow Gretel

Mr And Mrs J D Cotton


RPR 73 OR –

He came up the road from Charlie Hills’s, but always looked a jumping prospect and is a scopey sort.

Charli Parcs

5g Anabaa Blue – Ella Parcs

John P McManus


RPR 147h OR 145h

I thought he’d go to the top, but last term’s wet winter didn’t help after his good second in the Gerry Feilden. He was also an encouraging fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and I still think his day will come.

Charli Parcs – Noel Fehily wins
The 32Red Casino Introductory Juvenile Hurdle Cl2
Kempton Park 27/12/16

Champagne Mystery

4g Shantou – Spanker

Trevor Hemmings

F2- (point form)

RPR 89p OR –

Showed promise in points and this athletic individual looks ready made for novice hurdles, although he will jump a fence in time.

Champagne Platinum

4g Stowaway – Saffron Holly

John P McManus

1- (point form)

RPR 92p OR –

Rarely would you see a more attractive prospect than this grey, who was an impressive point winner. Has a lovely temperament and looks a high-class novice hurdler in the making, although he is a chaser for the future.

Chef Des Obeaux

6g Saddler Maker – O Dame De Gene

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited


RPR 153h OR 149h

Improved last term and completed a hat-trick by winning a Grade 2 at Haydock, which gave us hope of a big run in the Albert Bartlett, but it just didn’t happen and he wasn’t the same horse we’d seen in the winter. He loves soft ground and looks a classy performer for fences.


4g Sulamani – Ceilidh Royal

Mrs Rita Brown


A good-looking youngster, he’s a nice forward type we’ve bright hopes for.


6g Great Pretender – Taquine D’Estrees

Grech & Parkin


RPR 145c OR –

A smart novice hurdler, he had the perfect introduction to fences recently at Uttoxeter, which is a lovely track to start young chasers. It was a good race and he’ll come on for it. He jumped well and will get 2m4f, but I’m not sure where he’ll go next.

Clarendon Street

5g Court Cave – Carrigeen Kalmia

Owners Group


RPR 118b OR –

An eyecatcher when a promising fourth in a bumper at the Punchestown festival, he has the pedigree to match his exciting potential.

Colonial Dreams

6g Westerner – Dochas Supreme

C N Barnes


RPR 129h OR 131h

He won twice over hurdles in the spring and was a respectable second when bidding for the hat-trick. An excellent jumper, he can go a long way over fences.

Commander Miller

4g Shirocco – Milliegait

HP Racing Commander Miller


RPR 22b OR –

Related to several good horses we’ve had here, he is one we’ve always liked. His bumper run was disappointing, but it was too bad to be true and hopefully he can put it behind him over hurdles.

Constantine Bay

7g Kayf Tara – Alina Rheinberg

Grech & Parkin


RPR 147h OR 144h

A capable novice hurdler who won a Grade 2 at Doncaster and was fourth in the 2017 Albert Bartlett, he missed last season, but is back now and there’s hope he will make a high-class staying novice chaser.


4g Court Cave – Time For An Audit

Trevor Hemmings


A striking individual, he didn’t come into training last term, but is well educated and his work has been to a high standard. He’s ready to go.

Talking tactics: Nicky Henderson and second-in-command Charlie Morlock plan the morning’s riding arrangements

Edward Whitaker /


6m Smadoun – Tistairly

John P McManus


RPR 129h OR 133h

A lovely horse who won twice before an honourable fifth in the mares’ novice hurdle at Cheltenham on testing ground, which does not suit her. Therefore we might campaign her a bit earlier before the winter ground arrives. She can take high rank in the senior mares’ division.


7g Alflora – Angie Marinie

Kimmins Family And Friends


RPR 140c OR 138c

Needs good ground and probably time between his races, but capable at his best and got off the mark over fences at Worcester in September. There’s a decent race in him.

Daphne Du Clos

5m Spanish Moon – Katarina De Clos

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited


RPR 111b OR –

She won a Listed bumper impressively and we fancied her for the Cheltenham edition in 2017, but she got an injury, which ruled her out of last season as well. She looks a high-class mare in the making and I hope we’re luckier this time round.

Darius Des Bois

5g Great Pretender – Palafixe

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited


RPR 128h OR 127h

Took time to find his feet, but this big, strong sort won nicely at Newbury before a fine second in a competitive handicap hurdle at Ayr. The further he goes, the better and he’ll be exciting over fences.

Diamond River

3g Imperial Monarch – River Clyde

Jockey Club Ownership (SW 2018)


A strong, fine type from the sire’s first crop, he was the most extravagant mover we saw at all of the sales and looks a ready-made candidate for bumpers in the spring.

Dickie Diver

5g Gold Well – Merry Excuse

John P McManus

1- (point form)

RPR 93b OR –

Big and rangy with a lovely attitude, he was impressive in his only point and has had a good summer at JP’s Martinstown Stud, looking much more the finished article. He’s one we’re looking forward to enormously.

Divine Spear

7g Oscar – Testaway

Middleham Park Racing LXII


RPR 142c OR 141c

A handsome sort and sound jumper, he was impressive in his first two starts over fences and was only beaten by Musselburgh’s sharp track when we were trying to qualify him for the novice handicap chase at the festival. A niggling injury curtailed his season, but he’s never stopped improving and I can see him getting 3m.

Divine Spear – Nico de Boinville winner of
The Stella Artois Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) Ascot 22/12/2017

Downtown Getaway

5g Getaway – Shang A Lang



RPR 130b OR –

Impressive in his bumper in Ireland, he is a grand, robust gelding who is stronger and more mature after a good summer. He looked brilliant in his bumper and we can’t wait to get him started over hurdles.

Doux Pretender

5g Great Pretender – Lynnka

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited


RPR 121h OR 129h

He took time to master hurdles, but won nicely at Towcester when last seen and should improve stepping up in trip. Has the scope for fences, but may have more to offer over hurdles and could progress considerably.

Dragon D’Estruval

5g Enrique – Rose D’Estruval

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 131h OR 132h

A grand stamp, he won his only start for us in good fashion at Ffos Las in May and is possibly one for the three-mile novice hurdle route, although I can’t wait to get him back over fences at some stage as he won three chases in France.

Dream Du Grand Val

5g Puit D’Or – Apple Mille

Million in Mind Partnership


RPR 120h OR –

He’s a good-looking sort who showed useful form in France and looks just the type we can have loads of fun with this season, be it over hurdles or fences. 2m4f could be his trip.

Du Destin

5g Fuisse – Parenthese

Middleham Park Racing V


RPR 91h OR 97h

Big and a little backward, he is getting the hang of things and hopefully everyone’s patience will be rewarded. I’m optimistic he can win over hurdles as he gains confidence, but chasing is what he’s bred and built for.

Duke Debarry

7g Presenting – Blue Dante

Middleham Park Racing CIX


RPR 121h OR 120h

Gradually progressive, he won at Carlisle in April and produced some other creditable efforts over hurdles, but it was a learning curve for chasing. A solid stayer, he likes good ground and could be a smart novice.

El Kaldoun

4g Special Kaldoun – Kermesse D’Estruval

Middleham Park Racing CIV


Showed immense promise when he joined us, but didn’t make the racecourse. He is related to plenty of winners, so hopefully can uphold family honour and he’s one we like a lot.


4f No Risk At All – Kadjara

John P McManus


RPR 121b OR –

An attractive filly, she was impressive in a decent APQS bumper in France last year and has had a good summer at Martinstown. She’s schooled well and is exciting for novice hurdles, be it against boys or girls.

Nicky Henderson with jockeys Daryl Jacob, Aidan Coleman, David Bass, Jerry McGrath and Nico de Boinville

Edward Whitaker /

Falco Blitz

4g Falco – Ignited


2 (point form)

RPR 89p OR –

A fine individual, he was second in his point, but showed loads of promise and looks to have a big future firstly over hurdles then fences. He’s a lovely temperament and is one to look forward to.


3g Secret Singer – Oudette

Middleham Park Racing


By the same sire as our former talented chaser Volnay De Thaix, this is a smart-looking youngster who hopefully won’t take long. He has bags of class and scope.

Fox’s Socks

3g Crillon – Queva De Sarti

Jonathan Palmer-Brown


He looks the type who shouldn’t take too long and hopefully we’ll see him in decent bumpers when he’s ready.


6g Yeats – Candy Creek

Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes

31- (point form)

RPR – OR –

He won one of his two points in the West Country and has taken time, but is a mighty fine homebred in the mould of Santini. He is an exciting prospect for novice hurdles, but, like Santini, chasing will be his game.

Follow The Bear

6g King’s Theatre – Mrs Dempsey

G B Barlow


RPR 133h OR 127h

Really likeable, he has shown promise, but has needed time to fulfil his potential. He won a novice hurdle at Kempton last year, but wet ground never helped him through the winter. I’m confident he can become a decent novice chaser.

Forever Field

8g Beneficial – Sarahs Reprive

Robert Kirkland


RPR 140c 137c

Has lots of ability as five wins and beating Black Corton last year show, but he needs good ground and races in the summer before a winter break. Consistent, but not that well handicapped and it was all a bit rough and tumble for him at Wincanton on Saturday, where he lost a shoe and was slipping around.

French Crusader

5g Kapgarde – Largesse

Robert Kirkland


RPR 124h OR 126h

Won pleasingly at Newbury last week, when I think coming back to 2m helped. He’s still a baby who wants good ground.


3f Saint Des Saints – Platine

John P McManus

1 (Flat form)

RPR – OR –

An exciting juvenile hurdling prospect with size, looks, substance and class, she won her only start on the Flat and is gorgeous.

Fugitives Drift

3g Yeats – Shebeganit

HP Racing Fugitives Drift


An attractive model and typical of the sire, who is doing well, he ought to come to hand quite quickly and be another successful representative for Henry Ponsonby’s team.

Full Bore

5g Milan – Senora Snoopy

The Albatross Club


RPR 128h OR 126g

Not the finished article, he’s done well through the summer and has won three, but I’m tempted to put him away as he loves good ground. He’ll be a better and stronger horse in the spring for a winter break.

Fusil Raffles

3g Saint Des Saints – Tali Des Obeaux

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR – OR –

A summer arrival, he won over hurdles in France in July, but was narrowly denied under a penalty two weeks later. He’s an interesting prospect.

Gallahers Cross

6g Gewtaway – Raheen Lady

Grech & Parkin


RPR 118h OR –

He won at Galway before a respectable fourth on his first start for us a competitive Ascot bumper. He’s schooled well, looks the part and I hope he’ll be exciting for novice hurdles.


5g Scorpion – Spring Baloo

Trevor Hemmings


RPR 109b OR –

Weak last season when third in two big-field bumpers, he’s summered and schooled well and is ready to go hurdling, but is a future chaser.

Gold Present

8g Presenting – Ouro Preto

Mrs And Mrs J D Cotton


RPR 159c OR 152c

This handsome gelding developed into a classy chaser last season, winning decent events at Newbury at Ascot. We had considered him a National horse, but he disappointed in the Ultima at Cheltenham and the Scottish National and he’s pretty high in the handicap. He is, however, going to win a major handicap chase on decent ground soon.

Gold Present – Nico de Boinville wins from Frondon – Bryony Frost
The Lavazza Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race)
Ascot 23/12/2017


5g Le Havre – Loup The Loup

Mrs Fitri Hay

4/15267/ (Flat form)

RPR 98F OR 98F

A newcomer to us from the Flat, where he won at Haydock, he’s had a leg problem and been off for two years, but looks ideal for novice hurdles.

Haul Away

5g Stowaway – Lisacul Queen

Robert Kirkland


RPR 136h OR 135h

Progressive, he has won four times over hurdles already this season, growing up along the way. He will jump a fence, but maybe there’s more to come over hurdles first.


6g Galileo – Walklikeanegyptian

Mrs Fitri Hay

01/47/8- (Flat form)

RPR 89F OR 85F

By the right sire, he has shown ability on the Flat and I hope easier ground will be in his favour when he goes novice hurdling.

Humphrey Bogart

5g Tagula – Hazarama

Chelsea Thoroughbreds – Maltese Falcon


RPR 121h OR –

Another ex-Flat horse – he was fifth in the 2016 Derby – he was a comfortable winner over hurdles in May and remains a novice for the season. He’s likeable and undoubtedly talented.

I Can’t Explain

5g Getaway – Dr Sandra

Julie And David R Martin And Dan Hall

1- (point form)

RPR 91p OR –

He was an easy point winner and is a big, stunning horse with loads of ability, but bumpers aren’t for him and he’ll go hurdling. A future chaser, he can have a lucrative season before that.


5g Presenting – Stravinsky Dance

Mhankin Cnoell Menholding Rwaley-Cohen


He nearly ran in an Ayr bumper in the spring, but the ground was too quick. He is a gorgeous, big horse out of a mare we used to train and will go hurdling. His future, though, is over fences.


4g Network – R De Rien Sivola

Grech & Parkin

F1- (point form)

RPR – OR –

A big baby who was impressive in a point, he needed time in the spring, but has had an excellent summer and is one we’re looking forward to enormously.


5g Saddler Maker – Majaka

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 147c OR –

I don’t know a lot about this recent arrival who has some respectable form in France. We’ll soon do some work with him to find out where we stand, but he’s in everything and anything because we’re not sure of his trip.

Jen’s Boy

4g Malinas – Friendly Craic

Middleham Park Racing CV


RPR 98b OR –

Showed promise in a Towcester bumper and benefited from his summer break. Goes hurdling now and looks a decent prospect judged on his schooling.


6g Azamour – Aladiyna

Pump & Plant Services Ltd


RPR 94c OR –

A smart hurdler who captured nice prizes at Kempton and Ascot last season, he jumped beautifully on his chasing debut at Stratford, gaining lots of confidence. We’ll tiptoe along quietly.


4f Jeremy – Listen Up

Lady Tennant

1- (point form)

RPR 82p OR –

She’s a magnificent-looking filly who won her only point and could go straight over hurdles, where she’d be another to look out for in mares’ novice races.

Josses Hill

10g Winged Love – Credora Storm

A D Spence


RPR 165c OR 145c

A good friend with some high-class form, including a Supreme second and Arkle third, he found life difficult last season, but was still second in the Peterborough when it was staged at Taunton and I think 3m helps now. He likes Kempton so any race I can find there will be on his agenda.

Josses Hill (Robin Land) at Seven Barrows
Lambourn 27.10.17 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Keen On

4g Kayf Tara – Romantic Dream

The Queen


He is out of a mare we trained who has produced Close Touch and Take To Heart, so hopefully can follow in their footsteps. He has a great temperament and it shouldn’t be long before he makes his debut.

Kilcrea Vale

8g Beneficial – Inflation

A D Spence


RPR 150c OR 135c

He’s threatened to be high class and I still think he could have his day in the sun. Fourth in the Topham, he’s a solid jumper and I think we’ll aim him back over the National fences this season.

Kings Ryde

6g King’s Theatre – Ryde Back

Miss Rachel Tregaskes


RPR 131h OR 127h

A tall, leggy youngster, he progressed well over hurdles last term and now looks a chasing type I have big hopes for.


4g Fame And Glory – Aasleagh Lady

The Rose and Thistle Partnership


A big horse who needed time, he has done well over the summer and is ready to start his career. He’s well related and has a bright future.


7g Saint Des Saints – Kotkira

J D Cotton


RPR 149c OR –

A grand sort who arrived recently from France, he has ability, but missed last season with leg trouble. It will take time to get him back to full fitness, but he has some useful form.


5m Westerner – Kildea Cailin

Grech & Parkin


RPR 120h OR 122h

A big, strong mare who was decent over hurdles and handles soft ground, she goes chasing and I’m confident she can go a long way.

La Hulpe

4f No Risk At All – Belle Yepa

Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter


A half-sister to Whisper, she didn’t know much in the spring, but is progressing nicely and hopefully won’t take too long.

Laughing Luis

4g Auhtorized – Leitzu

John Sillett


RPR 103h OR –

Won two bumpers in August very nicely and I’m sure he can leave behind his hurdling debut at Warwick and become progressive in that code.


8g Gold Away – Silver Peak

The Ten From Seven


RPR 148c OR 145c

Has ability and it was great to see him win at Warwick in September. 3m on good ground suits.

Laurium (Nico de Boinville) wins the 3m novices chase
Kempton 4.4.17 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Lecale’s Article

4g Malinas – Brookville

Mrs Joe Donnelly

1- (point form)

RPR 93p OR –

A bumper would be no problem for this impressive and attractive point winner, but he could go over hurdles. I adore him and his future’s bright.

Lisheen Castle

3g Most Improved – Mafaaza

Elite Racing Club

142-270 (Flat form)

RPR 94F OR 87F

Showed some fair Flat form and looks to have all the credentials for hurdling. He’s been to Henrietta Knight’s to learn the art of jumping and has been really good.


4g Sans Frontieres – Midnight Legend

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 75h OR –

An athletic type, he wasn’t beaten far in a Ffos Las bumper before making his debut over hurdles at Fakenham last month. I’m sure he can build on those efforts.

Lough Derg Spirit

6g Westerner – Sno-Cat Lady

Grech & Parkin


RPR 135c OR 136c

A talented novice hurdler, he was second in the Elite last year, but then bumped into an appalling winter. He won on his debut over fences at Wetherby last month and I’ll be disappointed if he isn’t a high-class novice chaser.


6m Winged Love – Rowdy Exit

A D Spence


RPR – OR –

This good-looker, who has won a point, unseated on her debut over hurdles, so is a maiden and has done well over the summer. She’ll jump a fence in time.

Lust For Glory

5m Getaway – Maisie Presenting

Grech & Parkin


RPR – OR –

I’ve always thought she was good and she’s got gears – she wants 2m on nice ground. She won smoothly at Newbury last week and could go back there for a Listed contest at the Ladbrokes Trophy meeting.

Lyndsays Lad

5g Kayf Tara – Ceilidh Royal

Mrs Rita Brown


RPR 65h OR –

From a family we know well, he was backward, but showed promise and I’m confident a good summer will be the making of him. Stamina should be his forte.


5g Malinas – Kali

D H Low


RPR 115h OR 123h

Won nicely at Huntington last season and has summered well and matured nicely. He could go chasing soon.

Malton Rose

7g Milan – Pharney Fox

Galopp Syndicate Ltd


RPR 130h OR 127

Another I’d be looking forward to over fences as he’s a grand type who showed decent form as a hurdler.

Marcel Debruxelles

6g Librettist – Forcaster

Owner to come

5000/00- (Flat form)

RPR 72F OR –

A fine, big stamp of a horse, who has never run over hurdles, but looks a jumper.

Marie’s Rock

3f Milan – By The Hour

Middle Park Racing


A quality sort from a family full of winners, she looks precocious and I hope she’ll be ready for fillies’ bumpers just after Christmas.

Star quality

Might Bite

9g Scorpion – Knotted Midge

The Knot Again Partnership


RPR 174c OR 172c

Needs little introduction, but had a great second season over fences, which we can reflect on with pride. He started in an intermediate chase at Sandown, before a fantastic win in the King George. He was then involved in that epic Gold Cup with Native River, who probably enjoyed the testing ground more than we did. However, Might Bite bounced back tremendously, winning the Bowl at Aintree in outstanding fashion – his best performance of the season. He didn’t show any of his old traits or idiosyncrasies in those races, so we hope they are a thing of the past. With the Jockey Club’s £1 million Triple Crown chase bonus we’ll look at the Betfair Chase, then King George and another crack at the Gold Cup.

Might Bite (Toby Lawes) warm up in the covered school as Nicky Henderson makes notes at Seven Barrows
Lambourn 23.10.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Mill Green

6g Black Sam Bellamy – Ceilidh Royal

Mrs Rita Brown


RPR 128h OR 131h

Still a bit weak, he’s made enormous progress with two pleasing novice hurdle wins this summer and there is more to look forward to.

Mister Fisher

4g Jeremy – That’s Amazing

James And Jean Potter


RPR – OR –

One of our brighter bumper horses last season, he just looked like he needed it on his hurdle debut last week. He took a blow at the second-last because, I think, he finds his work too easy. He can go anywhere to win a maiden and is very capable.

Monbeg Legend

8g Midnight Legend – Reverse Swing

Eventmasters Racing


RPR 152c OR 147c

Has made up for lost time and has a good strike-rate, winning three times over fences already this season. He’ll continue through the autumn, but is one for better ground so might have a winter break.

Morning Vicar

5g Beneficial – Mary’s Little Vic

The Parishioners


RPR 120b OR –

A taking winner of his debut at Newbury, he is born and bred to be a chaser and we’ll likely take that route in a year, but he can have a productive novice hurdle season for his enthusiastic owners first.

Mr Whipped

5g Beneficial – Dyrick Daybreak

Grech & Parkin


RPR 148h OR 145c

Won three novice hurdles, including a Warwick Grade 2, last season, but didn’t fire in the Albert Bartlett. His future, which is bright, is over fences and he should reach a high level, while he can handle most ground.

Mr Woody

4g Shantou – She’s On The Case

Mrs E Roberts


One of the best movers of last year’s Landrover sale, he didn’t make the track in the spring, but gave us plenty of encouragement. An athletic, quality type, he should be out soon.

My Tent Or Yours

11g Desert Prince – Spartan Girl

John P McManus


RPR 171h OR 159h

An absolute legend who has had an illustrious career, which includes finishing second in three Champion Hurdles and a memorable win in last year’s International Hurdle at Cheltenham. That race could again be on his agenda and while his enthusiasm has never diminished, he’s become an easier ride and doesn’t pull like he used to. He’s summered really well.

(L to R)My Tent Or Yours – Barry Geraghty wins from The New One – Sam Twiston-Davies and Melon- David Mullins
The Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)
Cheltenham 16/12/17

Never Adapt

3f Anabaa Blue – She Hates Me

John P McManus


RPR 118h OR –

A lovely looker who won her only start in France before joining us. She’s enthusiastic and probably just needs to learn to settle, but knows how to jump and could be anything as a juvenile hurdler. She will hopefully run at Cheltenham this week.

New Moon

4g Kapgarde – Not Lost

Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter


RPR 96b OR –

Came to us as a beautifully bred colt and we hoped he’d make a winning debut at Ayr in a bumper we like to use, but he disappointed. However, he’s been gelded and a summer under his belt can also help him realise his considerable potential.

No Hiding Place

5g Stowaway – Subtle Gem

H P Racing No Hiding Place


RPR 122h OR 119h

A consistent sort, he’s been knocking on the door for a while and ran another honest race at Uttoxeter this month. His turn can’t be far away.


4f Shirocco – N’Avoue Jamai

Robert Waley-Cohen


A lovely filly from a wonderful family that is full of black type, she isn’t the biggest, but has grown over the summer and could run in a bumper before hurdling.

O’Connell Street

4g Fame And Glory – Victorine

Magniers, Mrs P Shanahan, Justin Carthy


A big type, he was a bit backward, but comes from the great family of Morley Street and Granville Again, and showed plenty last term. He’s one were looking forward to enormously.

Ok Corral

8g Mahler – Acoola

John P McManus


RPR 151h OR 147h

Not easy to train, but a lovely, big horse who had a good time as a novice hurdler, culminating in a gallant second in the Albert Bartlett. His problems have simply been growing pains and the exciting part comes now as he goes chasing. He can still reach the top.

On The Blind Side

6g Stowaway – Such A Step Up

A D Spence


RPR 152h OR 151h

One of our top novice hurdlers last season, when he won a brace of Grade 2s, although things didn’t end as we hoped in the 2m4f Grade 1 at Aintree. However, that’s not a true reflection of his talent and he’d had an interrupted prep, which forced him to miss Cheltenham. A gorgeous, scopey individual, he goes chasing and may have the speed for 2m although he could stay 3m as well, so there’s lots to look forward to.

On The Blind Side (Nico de Boinville) clears the final flight and wins the Winter Novices Hurdle
Sandown 8.12.17 Pic: Edward Whitaker

O O Seven

8g Flemensfirth – Kestral Heights

Christopher Hanbury


RPR 156c OR 147c

A really good friend and nearly top-class chaser, he’s a consistent, but has big weights in all the handicaps, so finds winning difficult. He was fine third to Top Notch over 2m6f on the last day of the season and I think that’s his trip, while I hope a summer breathing operation can help him have his big day.


8g Indian Danehill – Company Credit

Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club


RPR 138h OR 137h

Was with Philip Hobbs, but Mick felt he might like a change of scenery, so we’ll see how he gets on, but he did show promise earlier in his career.

Pacific De Baune

5g Al Namix – Perle De Baune

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr


RPR 145h OR 139h

A useful novice hurdler and a horse I like a lot, he progressed nicely and I expect him to do well over fences this season. He has had a good summer and 2m-2m4f on good ground is ideal.


4g Kapgarde – Palmeriade

Mrs S Ricci


RPR 96b OR –

Disappointing in his bumper, but this gorgeous gelding is better than that and the summer has done him the world of good. I’ll be disappointed if he’s not a high-class novice hurdler.


4g Robin Des Champs – Milogan

R A Bartlett


This good-looker is a recent arrival and is from a good family we know well that goes back to Marlborough and many other classy chasers. He looks classy too, and I’m sure he’ll know his job coming from Wilson Dennison’s.

Pentland Hills

3g Motivator – Elle Galante

Elite Racing Club

222113 (Flat form)

RPR 77F OR 73F

Won twice on the Flat over 1m3½f for Chris Wall, he appears to like cut. He’s spent a couple of weeks loose schooling with Henrietta Knight and she liked him a lot.

Pistol Whipped

4g Beneficial – Holiday Time

Mr A Speelman and Mr M Speelman

2 (point form)

RPR 90p OR –

He finished second in what looked a decent maiden point last month and I like what I’ve seen.


3g Authorized – Pisa

Lady Dulverton


By the same sire as Grand National winner Tiger Roll, he is a fine, scopey individual who was very straightforward to break in and he’s moved beautifully when cantering on the all-weather.

Post War

7g Nayef – Antebellum

The Duke Of Bedford & Dr Jerome Poupel


RPR 125h OR 128h

He showed promise as a youngster, but a leg injury forced him on the sidelines last season. He’s always looked and raced like a chaser, so hopefully the wait is worthwhile and he can have a productive career over fences.

Precious Cargo

5g Yeats – Kilbarry Classic

Thomas Barr


RPR 122b OR –

Won a bumper for Lucinda Russell last season and is a grand, big type – a gentleman of a horse who is ready to start and does everything right. He goes hurdling, but will be chasing next year.


5g Stowaway – Liss Rua

Mrs Patricia Pugh


RPR 125h OR 138h

I was pleased with his run at Ascot recently, when he just lost it at the second-last. He had, however, won well at Chepstow before that and I suspect he might want 2m4f now.

Raising The Bar

6g Kalanisi – Cool Quest

The Bartenders


RPR 101b OR –

More backward than I anticipated, he progressed with each bumper run, but missed last term. His owners are patient people, so hopefully this attractive gelding can repay them over hurdles.

Rather Be

7g Oscar – Irish Wedding

Matt & Lauren Morgan


RPR 153c 149c

A bumper winner who did well over hurdles, he ran the race of his life to be a head second in the novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival and we can look at grown-up handicaps now. The plan is the BetVictor gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Rather Be (Jerry McGrath) in the 2m 1f novices chase
Plumpton 7.1.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker


5g Getaway – Bella Venezia

John P McManus

2- (point form)

RPR 81p OR –

Second in his point, but demonstrating bags of potential, he is a fine, big individual who has had a good summer. He’s one to take note of.

Reigning Supreme

7g Presenting – Gli Gli

Michael Buckley


RPR 139c OR 134c

Big, but a little backward, he won twice over hurdles and I think he can make a useful staying novice chaser.

River Wylde

7g Oscar – Clarin River

Grech & Parkin


RPR 149c OR 144c

A smart novice hurdler who was third in the 2017 Supreme, he impressed on his debut over fences at Uttoxeter this time last year before being beaten in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham and suffering a stress fracture, which kept him off. A professional type, he’s in the tricky position of being a twice-raced chaser who has lost his novice status, but intermediate chases will be useful. He might stay further than 2m and I think he can go a long way over fences.

Royal Reel

5g Shirocco – Close Harmony

Mrs Rita Brown


Out of one of our favourite mares, who has done so well for Keith and Rita, this likeable type looks as if he ought to come to hand readily and hopefully it’s not long before we see him in action.

Royal Ruby

6g Yeats – Close Harmony

Mrs Rita Brown


RPR 114h OR 114h

He’s another out of Close Harmony and was a ready winner of a handicap hurdle at Bangor last month. Like his relatives, he will be better the further he goes.


6g Milan – Tinagoodnight

Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes


RPR 153h OR 152h

Handsome, big and talented, he benefited from some further education at Polly Gundry’s and won nicely for us from Chef Des Obeaux at Newbury in December before winning a Grade 2 on Trials day at Cheltenham. He was third in the Albert Bartlett before an outstanding performance in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. An imposing individual, he is set to go chasing and I’ll be disappointed if he’s not near the top.

She Mite Bite

5m Scorpion – That’s Moyne

The SMBs

5-1 (point form)

RPR 80p OR –

No relation to Might Bite, but I couldn’t resist her at the sales and she was an easy point winner. She doesn’t look like her near namesake, but is ready to go straight into battle.

Sleight Of Hand

4g Kalanisi – Katariya

Michael Buckley & Mark Blandford


A big sort full of quality and from a good family, he nearly ran in the spring, but just ran out of time. He does everything right and I’m looking forward to his debut, which could be over hurdles.

Son Of Camas

3g Creachadoir – Camas

For sale


He is a strong type who seems very forward. He should make a nice bumper horse after Christmas and will be a chaser in time.


3g Kayf Tara – Follow The Dream

Richard’s Rascals


A sharp-looker, he doesn’t know a lot at the moment, but seems quick on the uptake and hopefully we’ll see him after Christmas.

Dark horse

Soul Emotion

5g Martaline – Second Emotion

Mr And Mrs J D Cotton


RPR 150h OR 152h

A horse I like a lot, he is talented, but lost his way over fences in France. He found his feet here, winning comfortably at Sandown in March and April. I’m hopeful he could be a Graded hurdler.

Soul Emotion( Nico de Boinville) jumps the final flight and wins the 2m 4f handicap hurdle
Sandown 9.3.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Storm Of Intrigue

6g Oscar – Storminoora

Oscar Singh & Miss Priya Purewal


RPR 102h OR –

Won a Ffos Las bumper first time up and made his debut over hurdles at Ascot last season. His schooling has been exceptional and he may switch to fences sooner rather than later, but he could be a force as a staying novice hurdler first.

Style De Garde

4g Kapgarde – Anowe De Jelois

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Style


RPR 138h OR 138h

A hurdle winner in France before joining us, he impressed at Newbury and disappointed at Huntingdon, but then ran a stormer with a big weight when second in the Fred Winter. He couldn’t back up at Aintree, but has summered well and has a fine future.

Style De Vole

3g Vol De Nuit – Anowe De Jelois

John P McManus

1 (Flat form)

RPR 86F OR –

Style De Garde’s year-younger half-brother, he’s one our French advisers were mad about as he won his Flat maiden incredibly impressively. He could easily make a high-class juvenile hurdler.

Sunrise Ruby

4f Sholokhov – Maryota

Blunt, Breslin, Duffy, Slattery


RPR 107b OR –

She came to us late last season and won a bumper at Southwell really well in the summer. She’s all schooled and one to look forward to in novice hurdles against her own sex.


5m Sulamani – Spring Flight

The Queen


RPR 134h OR 134h

A good-looking homebred, she won her bumper and two hurdle races quite stylishly and there was no disgrace in her two defeats in classier company. She’s strengthened up considerably and can progress again.

Surf Walk

3g Born To Sea – Meon Mix

Mr A Speelman and Mr M Speelman


One of the nicest we saw at the Landrover sale, he oozes quality and is an exceptional mover. You’d like to think he’d come to hand before long and might be one for the big Landrover bumper in the spring.

Tales Of The Tweed

6g Robin Des Champs – Dancer Privado

Hodgkiss & Kelvin-Hughes


RPR 128h 134h

He was a progressive youngster who won twice over hurdles before a problem meant he took a sabbatical last season. He’s ready to go and will likely start over hurdles, but was always a good jumper so could go chasing.


5g Martaline – Vie De Reine

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 164c OR 158c

I’m not sure if a horse has fooled me as much as him! He didn’t show much on the gallops, but bolted up at Huntingdon on his debut for us and kept getting better and better, winning the Scilly Isles and finishing second in the JLT before an excellent victory in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree. He was going well for a circle on his comeback at Sandown on Sunday but it was very noticeable that he was carrying his tail very awkwardly, so I can’t believe there isn’t something in that department. I’m not going to say no to the Ladbrokes Trophy but clearly we’ll have to go and investigate.

TERREFORT (Daryl Jacob) wins The Grade 1 Betway Mildmay Novice’ Chase at AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL MEETING 13/4/18
Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

The Bottom Bar

6g Stowaway – Serenade Leader

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 127h OR 127h

An athletic type who doesn’t carry a lot of condition, he is a late maturer and won at Market Rasen in April. He’s taking his racing much better now and stayed on for second at Sandown on Sunday. He’s all schooled over fences and will go novice handicap chasing next time.

The Cashel Man

6g High Chaparral – Hadarama

Mrs Fitri Hay

0324/03- (Flat form)

RPR 97F OR 93F

A useful stayer on the Flat, he is a big, scopey individual and we’re looking forward to what could be an exciting novice hurdle campaign.


8g Smadoun – Kinevees

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr


RPR 154c OR 150c

A marvellous servant, he must be one of the toughest horses in training and he made the frame at Cheltenham and Aintree before winning at Ayr – having run at the track just 24 hours earlier! We ask him some extraordinary questions, but he comes up with the answers and should have another good campaign. A strongly run 2m on good ground suits and the idea is to start in a valuable handicap chase at Ascot on Saturday week.

Thomas Campbell

6g Yeats – Hora

Mrs Van Geest & Mrs Kelvin Hughes


RPR 157h OR 152h

Not a natural over hurdles, although he did win two classy staying handicaps, he delighted me on his debut over fences last week at Newbury. I thought he finished strongly and will have learned a lot. We’ll play it low for a moment and I think he’s in the Top Notch bracket; they lack a bit of scope and size, but if you get the confidence into them, which Thomas got, it can help a lot and hopefully he can enjoy some good days over fences.

Top Notch

7g Poliglote – Topira

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 171c OR 162c

The most special little horse who is dear to all of our hearts, he seems to have been around forever, but is only seven and had a wonderful campaign last term, winning the 1965 Chase, the Peterborough and ending with victory in the Oaksey Chase at Sandown. That  – 2m6½f – was the longest trip he’s encountered and we’ll look at good 2m4f to 3m chases, with the 1965 Chase an early target.

Top Notch (Daryl Jacob) jump the last fence and wins the Oaksey Chase
Sandown 28.4.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Trull La La

4f Flemensfirth – Chomba Womba

The Tra La La Synidcate


Out of a wonderful mare we had for Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes, she has done everything we’ve asked and I’m hopeful she won’t take long and can follow in the footsteps of her dam.

Turtle Wars

5g Turtle Bowl – Forces Sweetheart

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited


RPR 120h OR 122h

On the weak side initially, this big, scopey individual won over 2m at Huntingdon, but I’m sure he’ll require further. He’s filled out over the summer and is going to make a really nice novice chaser.


3g Invincible Spirit – Kahira

A D Spence


Has a speedy pedigree, but never ran on the Flat. He’ll start in three-year-old bumpers and it’s just a question if he stays. If he does, he’ll be exciting.


3g Arcadio – Grangeclare Pearl

Biddestone Racing Club

Exceptionally handsome, he is big and scopey, but looks the sort who’d come to hand after Christmas and the valuable sales bumper at Doncaster could easily be on his agenda.


3g Camelot – Scandisk

John Turner

The most stunning individual and a terrific athlete, he also has an amazing pedigree being a half-brother to the great Hurricane Fly. He could hardly have better credentials and was fantastic to break in, so I hope he’s as good as the book says he should be.


4g Fair Mix – Glenda Lough

Mr T J Whitley

We had the mare and some of her progeny and I think this is the nicest and scopiest of them. We liked what we saw in the spring and he’s grown over the summer. Could start in a bumper, but the sooner he goes jumping the better.


3f Fame And Glory – Real Papoose

International Plywood

I couldn’t resist this drop-dead gorgeous filly at the sales and she has a nice pedigree, being from the family of Ballabriggs. Hopefully she’ll be ready to run in the new year.


3g Fame And Glory – Alannico

For sale

Full of quality and a real athlete, he was a joy to break in and will likely be running in bumpers just after Christmas.


3f Getaway – Bella Venezia

Crimbourne Stud

A sister to our nice Rathhill, she has the looks and pedigree to be high-class on the racecourse and as a broodmare. Should be ready for bumpers in the new year.


3g Getaway – Sparkling Gem

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing

This is a taking, scopey type who oozes class and is bred on the right lines; his half-brother won a Grade 1 in the States this summer. Our fella is a cracking individual I hope will be ready just after Christmas. He’s got a big future.


3g Jeremy – Peratus

International Plywood

An active and sharp individual, he shouldn’t take long and looks a real racehorse in the making. Related to plenty of winners.


3g Kayf Tara – Suave Shot

Trevor and Linda Marlow

He was lovely to break in and is a cracking youngster, whose owners deserve a change of luck. I hope he can bring it and he has a bright future.


4g Milan – Knotted Midge

John P McManus

Might Bite’s half-brother – and Beat That’s brother – he has a lot to live up to, but did everything we asked in the spring and is a fine, big gelding. He’s grown and we’ll give him what time he needs, but he looks very promising.


3g Scorpion – That’s Amazing

Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter

A half-brother to the Potters’ Mister Fisher, he was one I had to have at the sales and was the best Scorpion we saw at them this summer. He was great to break in and will hopefully be ready for a bumper after Christmas.


9g Nidor – Jossca

Munir & Souede


RPR 148c OR –

A recent arrival from France, he’s an experienced chaser and four-time winner at Auteuil who has been placed in some top staying chases. We hope he’ll be a contender for those races in Britain and hopefully the National too.

Verdana Blue

6m Getaway – Blue Gallery

Crimbourne Stud


RPR 150h OR 143h

The Elite Hurdle was always the plan and I was praying all week that they wouldn’t get the rain as the faster the better for her. It did rain but thankfully the ground was still decent and she was great. We’ll try and keep her going but she’s very ground dependent. She’s in the Greatwood next weekend at Cheltenham and we could take a look at that if the ground is not soft. She’ll end up going for the Champion Hurdle in the spring if the ground allows but after that I wouldn’t mind switching her back to the Flat as she’s definitely not slow.

Verdana Blue (Nico de Boinville) jumps the final flight and wins the listed 2m hurdle race
Kempton 21.10.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker


4g Yeats – Stravinsky Dance

Barrow Boys 2


We nearly got a run into him in the spring, but the summer has done him the world of good and he’s a gorgeous individual I’m hopeful won’t be far off. Could start in a bumper before going hurdling.

Vyta Du Roc

9g Lion Noir – Dolce Vyta

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 151c OR 147c

He’s another old friend and it was great to see him strike at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day in first-time cheekpieces. For once, I wasn’t moaning about the handicapper’s reaction because it meant the National was in the reckoning. However, he got colic the day we entered for Aintree and needed emergency surgery. Thankfully, he’s recovered well and has returned looking the best I can remember, so perhaps it was a blessing in disguise. We’ll work back from Aintree.

Wallace Spirit

5g Le Havre – In Love New

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr


RPR 117h OR 119h

I think he has a future when he irons out a few baby habits and learns to race properly. An excellent jumper, he’ll be over fences at some stage and should’ve won at Kempton last time but he’s still a bit mentally immature and threw the race away on the run in.

Welsh Saint

4g Saint Des Saints – Minirose

Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter


A classy individual we liked a lot towards the last backend, he has done well over the summer and we’re looking forward to getting him started, possibly in a bumper before hurdling.


7g Beneficial – Ware It Vic

M Landau & J Lightfoot


RPR 148c OR 145c

He finished second to Lil Rockerfeller and there’s a commendable new approach to novice chase handicaps that means placed horses can’t be raised, so we had to run in a handicap at Ascot the other day, which he won. He went up 15lb, but I think that was as much for being beaten by Lil Rockerfeller and he can now come back to normal novice chases.

We Have A Dream

4g Martaline – Sweet Dance

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede


RPR 147h OR 156h

Unbeaten in five starts for the yard last season. He never stopped improving and won the Finale and Aintree’s Grade 1 juvenile hurdle, while I’m sure he’d have gone close in the Triumph but for a high temperature days before. He may have wanted the rain to get into the ground a bit more before his comeback at Wincanton on Saturday but it was a pleasing enough effort as he is sure to come on for the first run of the season. There’s a long way to go and I think he’s a good horse.


7g Bienamado – Greenfield Noora

5 Hertford Street Racing Club


RPR 139h OR 139h

Aptly named although his early issues are behind him, he won twice over hurdles at Newbury before a respectable third in the EBF Final at Sandown. He’s built like a chaser and loves soft ground, while he stays 2m4f, but probably doesn’t need it as he can race keenly and enthusiastically.

With Discretion

7m Tiger Hill – Discreet

Bloomsbury Stud


RPR 136h OR 139h

Big and scopey, she won two novice hurdles nicely in the spring and looks an ideal candidate for mares’ novice chases, which are a great initiative of encouraging mares like her to stay in training.

William Henry

8g King’s Theatre – Cincuenta

Walters Plant Hire Ltd


RPR 155h OR 154h

We tried fences with this smart novice hurdler, but he jumped violently right, so reverted to hurdles and he won the Lanzarote and was fourth in the Coral Cup. The handicapper has caught up with him, so we might go chasing again, almost certainly on a right-handed track. I don’t think it will be a problem when he gets the hang of it and this talented and likeable horse has a good future.

Yellow Dockets

6m Getaway – Soft Skin

Grech & Parkin


RPR 106b OR –

She’s made the frame in two bumpers, but wants further than 2m and loves soft ground. I’m looking forward to her novice hurdle campaign and those mares’ races look ideal.


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