EXCITING LINE UP
THIS WEEK It's been a fairly wet and windy week up on the hill but we haven't let the conditions dampen spirits. After all we have been crying out for rain out on the tracks for quite some time! One of the key National Hunt fixtures for the season kicks off at our local track Newbury today with a really exciting line up. The mighty Bigmartre will be representing us there in the final race on the card tomorrow. Meanwhile we've got plenty of runners elsewhere particularly further north where we're sending a trio of decent prospects up to Doncaster within the next 24 hours... REPORTS DJIN CONTI Djin Conti finished third on his second handicap start of the season at Ludlow on Monday. This was a step up in trip for him which gave him more time at his hurdles and therefore enabled him to jump a lot better. He is a horse that seems to be better on the front end but had to relinquish the lead to known front runner Danceintothelight. He travelled smoothly through the contest and turning for home he looked to have every chance. Unfortunately his run flattened out in the home straight and he eventually came home in third. This sort of ground and trip suits him but he seems to need his own way to be seen at his best. He has the option of stepping up in trip next time out. SPEEDY CARGO Speedy Cargo put in an improved performance to finish second at Sedgefield on Tuesday. He jumped poorly over course and distance last time out but we were pleased to see him put that run firmly behind him with a very slick round of jumping here. He was ridden positively by Harry Bannister and travelled far better throughout this contest. The pair pressed on after a good jump at 3 out, took a clear lead between the last two hurdles, but started to idle coming down to the last. He began to slow down at the last and hung towards the paddock entrance allowing Bolton Boy to run him down in the shadow of the post. He did rally when the horse joined him but unfortunately it was too late to respond. This was very frustrating to see him beaten here however it was a much better performance from this improving gelding. ENTRIES LANTIERN Lantiern will take his chance in the bumper at Doncaster this afternoon, where we hope the flat galloping nature of the track should suit him really well. Has come out of his Ascot bumper in really good form and seems to have come on from the experience mentally. Hopefully he can take a step forward and run a big race today. BIGMARTRE Bigmartre is set to take his chance at Newbury tomorrow in the 2m Handicap Chase. He is in really good form at home and we couldn’t be happier with him. We have focused on getting him really fresh since the last run at Cheltenham, which was disappointing. Tomorrows' race at Newbury looks a really good opportunity for him to bounce back to form. ANEMOI Anemoi has been declared to run at Doncaster tomorrow in the 2m Novice Hurdle. The track configuration should suit him really well, being a flat galloping course, therefore he should be able to get into a better rhythm around there than he did at Ascot last time out. It is going to be a tougher race having to carry the penalty, however we are very hopeful looking at the entries that he could run a big race. He is in fantastic form at home and looks really well so we're hopeful he will take another step forward. SIMPLY THE BETTS Simply the Betts has also been declared to run on the same card at Doncaster tomorrow afternoon. The step up in trip and the drop in grade combined with the fact it is a flat track, should mean that he will bounce back and run a big race. He was very disappointing at Ascot last time out. He is in really good form at home and we are looking forward to running him. ROUGE VIF Rouge Vif holds multiple entries in the coming week but will most likely go to Southwell this coming Tuesday, which looks the most suitable race for him. We were delighted with his last race at Hereford, where he ran an absolute cracker to finish second. It was a really good novice, with lots of fancy horses and he was beaten by a horse that is held in very high regard. He has been doing plenty of schooling since and is in really good form at home. WEAPONS OUT Weapons out is set to take his next chance in a bumper up at Musselburgh on Monday. He is in good form and we're hopeful of further improvement. He ran really well last time out at Bangor where he finished third on his debut. He has come on heaps and bounds at home from that experience. JOHNNY ROCCO Johnny Rocco holds a couple of entries next week the most likely of which is Plumpton on Monday, as that would be the best opportunity for him. He has ran well in his two bumpers so far, but has been very green on both occasions. He has been schooling fantastically well at home and is a natural jumper. We're looking forward to running him. THE DUBAI WAY The Dubai Way is set to take his chance in another Novices' Chase at Southwell on Tuesday. He has come on for each chase run so hopefully he can continue this progression and run a big race here. He is in great shape at home and is schooling well. HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell holds multiple entries in bumpers in the next week, including a listed race. We will review the approaching entries and access if the Listed race is worth pursuing, if we feel it would be worth it, this could be a good opportunity to her gaining some black type. She is in fantastic shape at home and we look forward to running her again. THE GO TOU MAN The Go Tou Man has a couple of entries in handicap hurdles towards the end of next week where we will take a view as to which one to run him in when we look at the entries. He was disappointing last time at Hereford having ran really well the time before at Southwell. We have since schooled him over fences to make him respect his obstacles more, which he has taken to very well. This bodes well for going chasing further down the line. He will run in cheekpieces next time to aid concentration.