#startracking Wednesday December 16th 7pm

#startracking runners Thursday

Towcester 2.40 SOLOMN GRUNDY Here’s what I wrote when he went into the tracker six days ago, “This is the least exposed of the Brookhouse horses I’m putting forward. In his second Irish PtP he was third to Missed Approach (current OR140) and Weststreet (OR119) and he changed hands for just £30K. Off the course for eighteen months he made his British debut in a hot C4 novice hurdle at Taunton behind Vieux Lille. He was given a schooling in public tender, educational ride by Tom Scudamore being held up, making some progress turning for home and coming home a happy fourth. This son of Westerner will probably want further and maybe a fence but showed enough promise on debut to be worth following especially when the Pipe team eventually hits their straps.” Runs just thirteen days after his debut. Positives are a stiff track and less competitive race (C5). Negatives are Pipe team is in and out, too soon, unexposed opposition from top yards (Hobbs, Pauling + De Boinville, A.King, Skelton, JJ O’Neill). So on balance at 7/1 (Lad. + PP) he’s a one star bet*.

Other horses of interest (on what I thought was a c**p Thursday!!)

Philip Hobbs – Off the Floor?

My man runs two at Exeter who both fell last time out! In the 2.50 it’s Bilbrook Blaze who had a breathing op over the summer and ran well first time back when 3rd in a decent Ascot handicap hurdle but next time out on chasing debut at Sandown he was just 9/2 but collided in mid-air and crumpled on landing at the first fence!

In the 3.20 it’s the turn of According to Harry to make amends. This son of Old vic was just getting into contention behind Whataknight when he took a purler at the second last. Both are currently trading at 2/1 favourite and even hoping for no physical or mental scars I think those odds are skinny. I’ll watch and hope both they and Richard Johnson return safely.

The 3.20 is indeed a C4 2m 7f hurdle that needs watching carefully. Apart from according To Harry the resurgent Rebecca Curtis runs Highway Storm, the inconsistent David Pipe has Sweettoothtommy and the all-conquering Harry Fry (can’t believe that Charmix was returned at 5/2 today! Booooooom) saddles A Plein Temps (Noel Fehily) and is the most interesting of the four. He ran in five Irish points winning the last of them but was led out of the sale ring unsold at £44K. He has been acquired by the owners of Henryville and on debut at Worcester sent off at 3/1 (from 4/1) over three furlongs further he weakened from three out.

At 11/4 with PP I’m putting A Plein Temps up as a two star selection**.

Talking of Hooray Harry his Bitofapuzzle makes her chasing debut but at odds on (4/9) I’ll watch as Ewan Williams has Dark Spirit in the race also over fences for the first time and she kept some pretty hot company last year. Mr Fry also has Jessbers Dream in the 12.50 who came strongly recommended by the Irish PtP scouts, she will love the ground even if she ideally wants further. The Graduation Chase at 1.50 has a disappointing turnout but needs watching.

Back at Towcester in the concluding bumper at 3.40 Alan King runs Cajun Fiddle. She finished 2nd at Wetherby on debut but started 2/1 favourite. The first race at 12.40, a C4 2m5f novice hurdle, could throw up a decent horse as the in-form yards of Skelton, A.King, Greatrex, O’Neill and Whittington all have runners.

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