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LET IT RAIN!

01-10-2021

HWR WEEKLY NEWS
The rain was welcomed at Hill Barn stables this week... Schooling on the all-weather over in Lambourn and exercising on the sand gallop has shown great results.  The horses are in fantastic shape and now that the rainy season is upon us we are all set. We unleached our first 2 winter horses this week for their first run of the season - Docpickedme held his own at Newton Abbot on Monday to take 3rd place and we had a close 2nd from Breaking Waves at Warwick yesterday.
Many Doves and George Edgedale
Ruling De Roost
REPORTS
DOCPICKEDME
Docpickedme made his return to action on Monday when lining up in the 2m5f handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot.  Sent off as the 13/8 favourite for what was his first venture into handicap company, he settled tracking the leader up the inside in a slowly-run affair.  Ridden for more as the tempo lifted approaching the second last, he could only keep on at the one pace, finishing a creditable 3rd reappearing under top weight of 11-12.  Set to improve for the outing and with a stiffer test of stamina sure to suit in due course, we may now switch his attentions to fences.
BREAKING WAVES
Absent since winning at Southwell in June, Breaking Waves returned from a 94-day break at Warwick yesterday, attempting to defy a 4 lb higher mark.  Always close to the pace in an eight-runner field, he nosed into a narrow lead as they approached two out, producing a good jump there to cling on to his advantage.  He followed up with another fluent leap at the last, but despite battling gamely on the run-in, he was just unable to match the Nicky Henderson trained Crystal Gazing in the final 200 yds, going down by a length to finish an honourable 2nd.
ENTRIES
SHEILA NASH
A bumper winner on the all-weather at Kempton back in February, Sheila Nash is in line to make her hurdling debut up at Sedgefield next Wednesday.  She’s had a small wind operation over the summer and we’re looking forward to getting her started over hurdles with the step up to 2½m, one she’s bred to relish.
RAFFLES GITANE
Raffles Gitane is our second possible runner at Sedgefield on Wednesday, with the 2m1f novices’ handicap chase a potential starting point for her over fences.  A winner over hurdles at Hereford last season before getting black type at Cheltenham, she gets the benefit of the 4-y-o allowance and that makes this switch to fences a very attractive proposition.
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Until next week...
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