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THRILLING PERFORMANCE BY BIGMARTRE

02-02-2018

THIS WEEK It was almost a Super Saturday for us as Bigmartre battled valiantly to the line at Doncaster but was sadly denied victory in the closing stages.  Of course we were delighted with the run and it reconfirmed to us all how much class he has as a Novice to serve it up to those hardened handicappers, but it's never easy finishing such a close second!  Anyway onwards and upwards, we've got another lovely bumper winner to report in Anemoi and plenty of runners across the country to look forward to over the next couple of days... REPORTS The Go Tou Man ran a much improved race to finish 4th at Huntingdon last Friday.  He was ridden closer to the pace on this occasion and it seemed to do the trick.  He jumped and travelled well on the softest ground he’s encountered and came into the home straight with every chance.  He was still bang with the leaders coming down to the last but his only mistake of the race did halt his momentum.  He stayed on well for 4th.  He is a lightly raced horse who can only improve from here. Anemoi got his career off to the perfect start with a smooth win at the same meeting last Friday.  He took up a handy position and settled nicely under jockey Aidan Coleman.  As the pace lifted Anemoi made forward progress to track the leader.  Aidan asked him to lengthen in the straight and he picked up nicely to win by just under 3 lengths.  This was an exciting debut on ground far from ideal for him.  He is a cracking novice hurdling prospect for next season. Huntingdon Bigmartre finished an agonising 2nd at Doncaster on Saturday.  He was taking on hardened handicappers for the first time and he rose to the occasion.  Foxtail Hill set a strong pace and BigM just tracked him in the early stages.  He jumped very well again, but never looked particularly happy on the tacky ground.  Coming to 6 out Bigmartre jumped his way to the front and set off for home.  He produced fine leaps all the way up the straight, but was challenged by the strong travelling Duke of Navan at 3 out.  Bigmartre looked booked for 2nd at this stage but he didn’t give up the challenge and came to the last still upsides.  He winged the last and went a length up, only to get run down on the last stride.  This was a career best performance on ground that wasn’t ideal and we may step up in trip with him now. ENTRIES The Harry Whittington Racing Club's Spirit of Rome faces 6 rivals in a fillies only juvenile at Catterick today.  She has run very well on both hurdle starts to date and that form looks strong in the context of this race.  If she handles the track she’s the one they all have to beat. spirit dec 29 Blue Valentine is set to have her 2nd start for the yard at Wetherby tomorrow.  She travelled well at Doncaster for much of the contest before stopping quickly and falling at the last.  The drop back to 2m should really suit her and she’s had a wind operation since that run too.  She’s a horse with great potential and we are looking forward to seeing her out again. Dette De Jeu is set to make his racecourse debut at Wetherby tomorrow. He is a French bred gelding who has taken time to fill his frame, but is now ready to take to the track. He possess a good attitude and we look forward to learning some more about him. Simply The Betts is set to make his 3rd hurdles start at Musselburgh on Sunday.  He’s shaped well on both hurdles starts so far and hasn’t quite got home on ground that was softer than ideal.  The sharp nature of the track should suit him, as should the better ground.  This is a competitive race but we are hopeful of a good performance. Ruby Yeats has multiple entries this week but the plan is to switch her to fences at Taunton on Sunday.  She has come on for her seasonal reappearance at Doncaster and schooling has gone well.  She has the size and scope for chasing and we can’t wait to see how she gets on.  She is competitively handicapped on her best form. Bridge of Cally is set to have his 3rd hurdle start at either Taunton on Sunday or Southwell on Monday.  He's improved on his bumper form to finish 5th on both his hurdle starts and is fresh and well after a mini break.  He is a good moving horse who prefers better ground and he should improve when he steps up in distance later in the season. The Dubai Way holds multiple entries this week and is set to contest another novice hurdle under a double penalty next.  He is 3 from 3 for the yard this season and handles the testing ground well.  He is likely to step into handicap company after this run and he could step up in trip too.  He’s fresh and well at home. IMG_8649 Hoke Colburn is set to step up in trip at Huntingdon on Thursday.  He was a good winner at Southwell last time out and should be suited by the step up in distance.  He does prefer better ground and although Huntingdon is currently soft, it’s less testing than the majority of the other tracks.  Hoke’s in good form and his mark of 112 should be workable. Tangoed holds 4 entries this week to make her handicap debut.  She showed good form in bumpers at the back end of the summer but she lost her way in some hot novice hurdles in the autumn.  She’s come back from her break in good form and should enjoy the switch to handicap company.  Better ground is important to her and that’s likely to dictate where she runs. Until next week...