Currently working on two #startracking Ante Post pieces, another dozen for the tracker (of which six are owned by the same bloke!!) plus a piece on senior jockeys getting it “wrong” and conditional jockeys getting it “right”.
Did anyone else register surprise and mild shock on Saturday that there was serious money for Doctor Harper, who had been off the course for 611 days and was trained by David Pipe, who can’t buy a winner, and then money came for Some Plan after his trainer Paul Nicholls had clearly stated that the horse was going chasing, was badly handicapped and would need the run!! Love Saturdays.
I am not too proud to pass on second hand information and The Catching Pigeons column on sportinglife.com via Oddschecker is always worth a read. I have no idea who writes it but he’s the only bloke I know/read with an “in” to Godolphin and Fergusons jumpers.
Catching Pigeons Sat. Dec. 5th
“The juvenile hurdle scene needs a bit of livening up on this side of the Irish Sea, and one man to be relied upon to deliver some potent ammunition into the breach is John Ferguson. Word reaches us that the former Jim Bolger-trained Robertstown has been put through his paces on the schooling grounds at Newmarket, and this very useful middle-distance performer will be making his debut in the near future.
Warren Greatrex has enjoyed a fabulous autumn with an avalanche of winner over the past few weeks and his growing band of supporters will be hoping he can land another in a line of lucrative bumper wins if Burlington Bert wins the finale at Uttoxeter on Tuesday. Non-runner but stick it in a tracker, not first time he’s cropped up!
He had the more-experienced and highly-regarded McKenzie’s Friend behind him when he won on his debut for the Upper Lambourn trainer at Warwick last spring, and he is given a high position in the table when it comes to the stable’s premier league of young hopefuls.
Another name to look out from Newmarket is the James Tate-trained Amazement, who could make its debut at Kempton on Wednesday.
A late absentee from Wolverhampton on Saturday, this son of Lope De Vega is well regarded, but might have work his cut out pitched in against some potentially smart rivals first time out, including Jeremy Noseda’s Cap Canaille, a handsome big horse who will surely win races before long.”
If you think breathing operations should be declared in advance, drop a line to the BHA punters’ forum firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday’s JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (eight entries) and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (six) at Cheltenham have both been reopened.
Nicky Henderson-trained trio Hargam, Peace And Co and Top Notch among 11 entries for Saturday’s International Hurdle at Cheltenham. Greatwood Hurdle winner Old Guard and Sempre Medici for Willie Mullins also in the mix for the International Hurdle.
Steve Massey, who manages the Supreme Racing club, said: “We felt going to Fairyhouse Open Eagle was a much better horse than he was when he arrived at the yard a year ago and he proved it with a really smart performance. He has an entry in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over two miles (December 27), but will also have the option of stepping up to three miles at Limerick on December 29. As things stand, I think Limerick is probably where he’ll end up, going for a race Willie won with Faugheen a couple of years ago.”