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Happy Easter


It's been a quiet week up at Hill Barn with the welcome return of Great British Summer Time, and a change of the clocks as the curtain begins to fall on the end of the National Hunt Season.  But fear not, we still have plenty of runners to look forward to, in the meantime we'd like to wish you all a very HAPPY EASTER!
Alan & Dargiannini
We have been very quiet on the racing front since our double at Sedgefield last week, with Breaking Waves at Uttoxeter yesterday our sole runner since.  Sticking to hurdles for the time being, he was dropping back in trip having been campaigned at three miles and was fitted with first-time blinkers, in place of the cheekpieces, in a bid to help him rekindle some form.  Soon disputing the lead under a positive ride, he upped the pace with a circuit to race and opened up a clear advantage jumping the sixth. Driven along to maintain his lead at the top of the home straight, he was inclined to have a bit of a wander and look about, but having been headed between the final two flights, he stuck to his task to go down by just 2 lengths in 2nd, with a gap of 9½ lengths back to the 3rd.  This was a very pleasing return to form and fingers crossed he can build on it next time.
Our only runner tomorrow is Neverbeen To Paris in the Challenger Stayers Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.  These series are good initiatives, and Neverbeen To Paris, a winner over fences at Market Rasen back in August, warmed up nicely for a tilt at this valuable prize when 6th in a qualifier at Newbury last time.  Yard conditional Alan Doyle will take the ride.
We could have two runners on Easter Monday with Juniper a possible to head to Chepstow for a mares’ novice hurdle.  A good 2nd on her debut for us at Huntingdon at the end of February, we perhaps ran her back a little soon when she was only 6th at the same course next time.  She has enjoyed a nice freshen up since, and a reproduction of her debut effort would give her leading claims.
Lantiern is our other possible Bank Holiday runner.  He unfortunately failed to take to the fibresand surface when well beaten at Southwell last time, despite having won a couple of bumpers on the all-weather, including one on the tapeta at Wolverhampton.  We feel he is worth another chance on the Flat and it will be interesting to see what he can do if taking up his entry back at Wolverhampton on Monday.
Sirobbie failed to fire on his comeback from a winter break in a competitive handicap at Newbury’s rearranged Betfair Hurdle fixture and an improved performance can be expected from this highly consistent individual if he lines up at Taunton next Thursday.
HWR STAFF INTERVIEW POLLY KILGOUR Polly has her first ride in a Point to Point this weekend at Kemble with her horse Cadeau George... We wish her the best of luck!
Until next week...