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THIS WEEK The sun has been shining up over the Hill and whilst we're still in a quiet period of runners, the ones we have sent out to the track have all been performing consistently well.  Harry has been over in Ireland again this week picking up a few more exciting new recruits for the coming season and it won't be long now until the boxes are starting to fill up again, as we prepare for the season ahead... REPORTS Pasaka Boy finished 3rd on his 2nd hurdles start at Market Rasen last Friday.  It was only a 3-runner contest and it turned into a muddling affair.  The front running Azzuri went 25 lengths clear from flag fall and that meant Pasaka didn’t really get a lead through the race.  The leader started coming back to him half way down the back straight and coming to 2 out it was anyone’s race.  Pasaka couldn’t pick up as well as his rivals from the back of 2 out, but stayed on well to only be beaten 3 3/4L.  The race didn’t pan out how we would have liked, but he ran a brave race and can now go handicapping. Charlie Papa Lima finished 4th on his 2nd hurdles start at Worcester last Saturday.  He jumped off in a handy position under Harry Bannister and settled better than he did at Southwell.  He didn’t jump as tidily here though and became very careful at his obstacles.  He dropped back into mid division but still travelled well leaving the back straight.  More careful jumps over the last 3 meant he lost tabs on the leaders, eventually finishing 4th.  His schooling had been very good at home, so the jumping was a surprise.  He can now go handicapping, where he should be very competitive off a rating of 107. Ritasun finished a very unlucky 3rd at Fakenham last Sunday.  He was ridden in mid-field by jockey Jerry McGrath and he settled well off a strong pace.  His jumping was very tidy and the way he travelled was very eye catching.  Coming to the 2nd last he looked to be going the best, but got his run blocked there and again at the last.  Rita lost all momentum but winged the hurdle and stayed on to go down by just half a length.  With a clear run he would have won, which was very frustrating.  Granted a bit of luck, he should go very close next time. Salto Chisco produced another good performance to finish 2nd at Perth last Sunday.  He jumped and travelled well throughout the contest under Nico De Boinville and tracked market rival Attest throughout.  Turning for home it looked to be between the pair, but Salto couldn’t quicken as well as Attest in the straight.  He ran on well to go down by just the 6 lengths.  It was another cracking run and he still looks well handicapped off his current mark. Jack Bear finished 5th on his 2nd handicap start at Newton Abbot last Monday.  He sat in a handy position under jockey Harry Bannister and produced his best jumping performance to date.  There was a lot of rain on the day and Jack handled the easier ground well and travelled powerfully.  He came to 3 out going best but weakened very quickly, eventually dropping back to finish 5th.  Unfortunately Jack burst a blood vessel, which led to the tame finish effort.  He went through the race like a well handicapped horse and will be competitive next time out. ENTRIES Ritasun holds entries at Stratford on Tuesday and Southwell the following Monday.  He has come on fitness wise for the Fakenham run and should be very competitive wherever he goes.  Better ground and the minimum trip really suit him and we can’t wait to see him out again. Salto Chisco is set to have his next start at either Ffos Las on Thursday or Worcester the following Wednesday.  He has run career bests on his last 2 hurdles starts and still looks well handicapped off a mark of 110.  The class drop should suit him and he remains in good form at home.  Granted some luck he should go close. Benefit of Luck is set to have his first chase start at Market Rasen next Friday.  He ran very well on handicap hurdle debut at Huntingdon last time out and off a mark of 107 he looks fairly treated.  He has the look of a chaser and his schooling has gone well, so if he takes that to the track he should run well. Charlie Papa Lima is set to make his handicap hurdle debut at Southwell next Monday.  He hasn’t been able to match his bumper form over hurdles, but he’s schooled well since Worcester and if he can build on that next time he should be very competitive off a mark of 107. Until next time...