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FOGGY OCTOBER

29-09-2017

THIS WEEK A smooth blanket of fog has rested over Hill Barn this week which has blurred our vision on the gallops somewhat!  Seeing more clearly now we're looking forward to an action packed stint with plenty of runners to keep our eyes on... REPORTS Court Out finished a staying on 3rd on his racecourse debut at Newton Abbot last Friday.  He jumped off behind the leaders and relaxed nicely early on.  As the race developed Richard Johnson pulled him wide to find some better ground and he was caught a bit flat footed, but to the horses credit he stayed on well to finish a good 3rd.  Although it was just the 6 runners it was a competitive affair and he finished amongst some well regarded horses.  He is a horse with an excellent attitude who will progress with experience and improve for some better ground.  He is likely to contest another bumper next time. ENTRIES Fou et Sage is set to have his first start in almost a year at Market Rasen tomorrow.  It is a competitive listed handicap hurdle but the handicapper has given him a chance by dropping him to a mark of 136.  He isn't short of speed so the track should suit and the switch back to hurdles won't inconvenience him either.  He ran subsequent Aintree winner Double Ws very close over fences off 1lb lower last year, so he certainly isn't without a chance here.  The forecast rain won't be an issue for him. Simply The Betts is set to make his bumper debut at the same meeting tomorrow.  He's a full brother to Crimson Ark, who was a decent handicap hurdler at his best.  He is a very strong and powerful 4yo who has been showing the right signs at home and we are excited about getting him to the track.  He will only run if there's some cut in the ground. Glenmona is set to make her first start for the yard at Stratford on Monday.  She showed a good level of form in Irish point to points and now switches her attention to bumpers.  She is in good form at home and should be very competitive in what looks an open race.  Being by Dubai Destination she isn't short of speed. Court Liability has multiple entries over the next 10 days and the first of those is in a bumper at Sedgefield on Tuesday.  He ran to a high level in his only start in Irish point to points, when he showed a great attitude and served it up to a very highly regarded rival.  He is a nice long term prospect and we can't wait to get him started. Salto Chisco is entered in a handicap hurdle at Bangor on Wednesday.  He has won twice for us already this season and will continue to be competitive off his revised mark of 114.  A sharp track and good ground really suit him. Vinnie Lewis has 3 entries over the coming days, the first of those is at Bangor on Wednesday.  He was very consistent over hurdles last year and was unfortunate to not win his handicap hurdle debut at Huntingdon last time out.  He switches to novices handicap chases off a mark of 116 which is very workable, he jumps very well and is very versatile with regard to ground.  He is a tough, genuine horse who has an exciting season ahead of him. Woolstone One is set to have her 2nd hurdle start at Bangor on Wednesday.  She has come on for her first start at Worcester earlier in the month and the forecast easier ground should suit her.  She is a talented mare who's done lots of schooling since her last start and is ready to go again. Until next week...