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KEEPING SPIRITS WARM

06-12-2019

THIS WEEK The crisp, frosty mornings are now upon us and it's beginning to feel at lot like Tingle Creek weekend.  After a fairly quiet week out on the track we're looking ahead to an action packed Saturday with plenty of runners to get excited about, including a few interesting newcomers in the mix.  The horses have been in good form and are beaming in their coats, so there is plenty to keep spirits warm as the festive season kicks off... REPORTS  KHAGE Khage made his second start over fences at Newbury on Friday in the Ladbrokes Novices' Handicap Chase over 2 miles.  Having shaped with promise on debut we were hoping for further improvement here around a more suitable track.  He made the running as he usually does under jockey, Gavin Sheehan, who set a good even gallop.  Turning out the back he looked to have every chance but just needed a good jump at the cross fence.  It was here that he put down and sadly lost his position.  After which point he was then out paced and couldn't get back into the race.  When they came back in Gavin reported he wants to step up to 2m4f, so we have made an entry for him at Uttoxeter on Tuesday in a beginners chase. CAPTAIN TOMMY Captain Tommy ran on the same card at Newbury on Friday in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle over 3 miles.  This was a very competitive affair around a track we felt would suit him well.  He had an excellent position all the way round where he got into a lovely rhythm.  As they were turning into the home straight he looked to have every chance, however they then quickened up and came around him so he lost his position quickly and was unable to pick up from there. He has come out of the race well and we will look to run him again on Boxing Day at Kempton. JAMMY GEORGE Jammy George made the long trip north to Newcastle on Saturday to run in the Avison Young Chase over 2m 7f .  Having previously won here last season we were looking forward to see him back at the same venue but this time over the bigger obstacles.  It looked an ideal race on paper but frustratingly there was no pace.  He was therefore forced to go on and the long run to first wasn’t ideal.  It was here that he made a bad mistake and parted company with his jockey, Gavin Sheehan at the first fence. He has come out of this blunder non the worse and will head to Newbury in 10 days time. OVERTRUMPED New recruit for The Harry Whittington Racing Club, Overtrumped made her stable and hurdle debut at Southwell on Tuesday in the maiden hurdle over 2 miles.  She had been jumping well at home but it was hard to find her a race to start in due to the conditions, so we felt we had to just start somewhere.  Unfortunately she found it very hard work in the ground and was fairly outpaced for much of the way, despite jumping very smoothly.  She will be more for a mares handicap down the line.  She has come out of the race well and she holds a new entry on Wednesday at Leicester in another maiden hurdle. ENTRIES POLLYAMOROUS Pollyamorous is set to make her racecourse debut in the bumper at Sedgefield later today.  She has a nice pedigree being a half sister to a bumper winner and has been showing a good attitude at home, however she may well need the experience first time out.  Hopefully she can show ability and run a nice race. DARGIANNINI New recruit, Dargiannini holds a few bumper entries in the coming weeks.  He is a lovely stamp of a horse with a good pedigree, being a half brother to Keeper Hill.  He has shown plenty of promise at home so hopefully he will transfer this to the racecourse.  Wherever he lines up, we will want to avoid the very deep ground. YOUNG BULL  Young Bull has been declared to run up at Wetherby tomorrow in the Novices' Hurdle over 2m 5f.  He has come out of his recent victory at Ffos Las in good order and will run back here over an extra 2 furlongs.  This is a good opportunity for him to run under a penalty, but he will need to take a step forward. He could not be in better form at home so we are looking forward to running him. THE KINGS BABY The Harry Whittington Racing Clubs' The Kings Baby will head to Sandown tomorrow to line up in the Elmbridge Mares' Handicap Hurdle over 2m 4f.  We believe she still retains plenty of ability but things just haven't quite worked out for her on her last 2 starts.  Hopefully she can bounce back to form in what looks a competitive renewal. HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell will join The Kings Baby in the lorry to Sandown tomorrow to run in the Elmbridge Mares' Handicap Hurdle over 2m 4f.  She has been in very good form at home and has had a wind operation since her last run.  She has done well winning 3 times this season from just 6 starts. She lines up here in a competitive mares hurdle and hopefully she will run a big race. VINNIE LEWIS Vinnie Lewis completes our declarations for Sandown tomorrow where he will line up in the London National over 3m4f.  He has been in fabulous form at home and this has very much been his season target.  It looks a very competitive race on paper but the track and trip suit him well so hopefully he can run a big race. SHAFFIRE Saffire will make her yard debut at Lingfield on Monday in the Bombardier "March To Your Own Drum" Classified Stakes over 1m 1y.  She has been running over sprint trips on the flat, but she has been trained here with a view to stepping up in trip.  She has shown a good attitude at home so hopefully she can run a big race. SHORE SHANTY  Shore Shanty is likely to make her long awaited debut in the bumper at Uttoxeter on Tuesday.  Unfortunately Ludlow was abandoned on Wednesday due to the fog where she had been declared to run, but we cant help the weather!  She is a nicely bred full sister to Henrietta Bell who has taken a little bit of time as she just kept growing.  She has been showing ability at home but she will most likely need the experience first time out.  She has a good jumping pedigree so will improve in time for hurdles. IN OTHER NEWS...

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