BACK IN BUSINESS
THIS WEEK With racing finally back on we're all systems go with plenty of runners to keep us busy. We started off the week well with a strong victory for Lantiern at Lingfield in the all weather bumper on Monday and on the whole since then they have all been running well. Another runner on the cards today down at Exeter for our popular racing club and two more tomorrow including some Grade 2 action. Onwards and upwards! REPORTS KHAGE Khage ran at Fakenham on Friday trying the two and half mile trip for the first time. It was a step up on paper and looked a competitive field. We felt the sharp nature of the track would really suit him however he never got into a rythm at any stage of the race which meant his jumping fell apart. Gavin reported that he needs to go back to two miles over a big galloping track to give him a chance to get into a rythm. He holds an entry Ffos Las next week and due to the fact that he didn't have a hard race he could turn up there. PARKIN Parkin ran in his second bumper later on in the card at Fakenham last Friday. He took a keen hold from the get go which was very different to his debut run where he was so green he barely picked up the bridle. He jumped off in a good position but soon pulled his way to the front where he struggled to relax and in the end paid the price for his early exertions. He plugged on at the same pace to finish fifth. He will now freshen up and go for another bumper towards the end of the season. BIGMARTRE Bigmartre ran in the two mile handicap chase at Wincanton on Saturday where he finished a good third in a small but select field. He was not going to be able to make his usual running with Gino Trail lining up, which meant that he had to take a lead. He did however jump fluently throughout. Harry Bannister later reported that he felt he was in top gear all the way round but stayed on well to hit the line hard at the end. He has an entry at Cheltenham in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate which is where we will see him next. PERFECT MYTH Perfect Myth lined up in the two mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon on Sunday where she finished a promising third. She jumped extremely fluently and travelled through the race sweetly. During the closing stages the two strongly fancied horses in the race were able to quicken away from her but she stayed on nicely to finish her race well in third. She will now head back into mares company for her next run. LANTIERN Lantiern won nicely in the all-weather bumper at Lingfield on Monday under a well executed ride by Nico de Boinville. He jumped off second tier on the rail and followed the favourite, travelling strongly throughout. Turning in the favourite led him into the straight where he was able to show a good turn off foot to go on and win the race comfortably. It was great to get a winner for these loyal connection in the silks of Arzal. Lantiern was iconically named by these owners after the neighbouring town to Arzal in France. He is a lovely prospect to look forward to who should make up into a nice two mile novice hurdler next season. YOUNG BULL Young Bull ran in his third bumper on ground frustratingly not quite soft enough for him at Carlisle on Monday. Unfortunately there wasn't enough pace in the race with the majority of horses deciding to sit and wait before turning the race into a bit of a sprint for the finishing line. Young Bull is an out and out stayer therefore the race was not ran to suit and he wasn't able to quicken up in the closing stages, however he stayed on well to gallop all the way to the line. ANEMOI Anemoi ran in the Greene King handicap hurdle at Taunton on Tuesday to finish a good third. It was a messy race from the get go where he go slightly impeded at the start. Daryl decided to go wide in order to find the better ground and turning in he looked to have every chance. But having raced behind the bridle for much of the way he wasn't able to quicken up with the favourite so galloped on the same pace to finish third. Daryl reported that he made a noise and he really needs his wind tweaking which he is booked in for next week. COURT LIABILITY Court Liability pulled up at Doncaster on Wednesday where he never looked to be comfortable or travelling at any stage of the race. It is very disappointing seeing as two runs ago he was unbeaten. There must be something troubling him which seems to be a mystery at the moment but we will get to the bottom of it before running him again. SPARKLEANDSHINE Sparkleandshine finished third on yard debut at Ludlow on Wednesday. Ideally we wanted to make the running but there was loads of pace in the race so we had to settle for a handy position behind the three that looked to be going too quick early on. He was less keen than we had expected, jumping and travelling in a very professional manner. Turning in he looked to have every chance having galloped all the way to the line he just got beaten a length and a half to finish third. This was a solid performance and he is a a great new prospect for the yard so we look forward to running again. ENTRIES THE KINGS BABY The Kings Baby has been declared to run at Exeter today back over hurdles. When last seen she unfortunately fell at Uttoxeter when going well in a mares chase. She's been schooling over hurdles fine and looks to have her confidence back so we'll run her today and hopefully she can get herself back on track and be competitive. HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell was declared for the mares' bumper at Warwick today however due to a minor set back discovered this morning we have unfortunately had to make her a non-runner. We hope to have a her back on the track very soon. THE DUBAI WAY The Dubai way is set to run back over hurdles for the first time since last season tomorrow at Chepstow. He ran well enough over fences but was jumping his fences very slowly which meant that he was always loosing momentum. We schooled him up over hurdles this week and he looked a different horse so we're looking forward to running him in this race tomorrow. ROUGE VIF Rouge Vif has been declared to run in the Grade 2 Dovecote tomorrow at Kempton. This has been the plan since we saw him running a belter to finish second in a class two on Boxing Day at the same venue. He has been in great form at home and if he can reproduce that performance or even improve slightly he should be in with a great chance. JAMMY GEORGE Jammy George holds various entries in the coming week however we are waiting for some rain so until then we are keeping our options open. STICK WITH BILL Stick with Bill will head back to Ffos Las on Tuesday where last seen winning on bumper debut. He has been in really good form at home and hopefully he can do the job under a penalty. DARA'S PRESENT Dara's Present is another who is waiting for rain to run and holds several entries in the coming week. At the moment it is unlikely he will take his chance in any of those but we will have to wait and see.