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VICTORY FOR THE BRITISH RACING CLUB

28-10-2016

THIS WEEK Following an unusually dry spell with a couple of disappointing runs we were beginning to scratch our heads a little, despite their various respective reasons.  However in to the new week and things have really picked up with some much improved performances and we've been back in the winners enclosure... REPORTS Salto Chisco owned by the newly launched British Racing Club, opened his account for HWR with a pillar to post win at Fakenham on Wednesday.  He ran well first time out at Huntingdon a few weeks ago and we were hopeful he'd be able to get his head in front with this slight drop in class.  Salto delivered with a very polished jumping display and didn’t see another rival under a positive ride from Gavin Sheehan.  Gavin felt a step up in trip would suit, so we will see what the handicapper does and look for something over a bit further to move on to next. To find out more about this exciting new venture THE BRITISH RACING CLUB please visit their website: www.britishracingclub.co.uk Charlie Papa Lima made a very pleasing debut finishing 4th on bumper debut at the same meeting on Wednesday.  He was ridden positively by yard conditional Harry Teal and travelled very well from flag fall.  They went a good gallop throughout and it was quite a rough race.  He showed a likeable attitude holding his position, despite almost getting squeezed out on various occasions.  Harry asked him to quicken down the back straight and he responded well taking lengths out of the field.  The only horse able to go with him was The Caller, who ran out an impressive 10 length winner.  Charlie took him on and looked booked for 2nd, before getting tired in the last 100 yards.  It was an excellent debut and we will now look for another bumper to hopefully get his head in front. Flower Ball finished down the field on debut for the yard at Cheltenham on Saturday.  He'd been working very nicely since returning from his summer break and we felt he was well up to taking his chance in a bumper at Cheltenham.  Unfortunately, the field size and occasion proved a bit too much for him.  Gavin jumped him off in midfield but as the field turned up the hill away from the stand Flower looked under pressure.  He lost his position down the back straight and couldn’t get back into contention.  We will now look for a low-key novice hurdle over 2 and a half miles for him. Star Tackle finished 5th on debut for the yard at Chepstow on Tuesday.  Gavin jumped off in the lead and went a decent gallop from the outset.  Tackle jumped and travelled well overall and seemed to really enjoy himself up front.  He led to 4 out and as the leaders went around the 3rd last the market principals quickened up and Tackle wasn’t able to peg them back.  He stayed on very well, ran right through the line and Gavin had trouble pulling him up.  It was a run that was full of promise and we will look for another novice hurdle over a couple of furlongs further for him next. Fouburg finished 4th on debut for the yard at Stratford yesterday.  Gavin jumped him off in the lead in an attempt to help him settle and it did just that.  He jumped well on the whole and didn't get lit up when The Fresh Prince pulled his way past him in the home straight.  As the race took shape he was headed at 3 out and got stuck behind the weakening leader turning for home, but he stuck on to finish 4th.  It was a step in the right direction and he should be able to build on this going forward. ENTRIES Fou et Sage is set to make his debut for the yard at either Ascot or Wetherby tomorrow.  Currently the ground at Ascot is on the quick side so he may be rerouted to Wetherby.  He's a free going, talented individual who comes to HWR off a mark of 135, after six chase runs in France through the summer.  He's a speedy type so 2 miles suits and his mark looks workable.  Hopefully he can win a novices handicap chase, before stepping up in class. Cristal de Sienne is entered in three bumpers over the next week with the first of those being Ascot tomorrow.  He is working nicely and has a good attitude so we can’t wait to get him out.  The ground at Ascot again looks too fast for him though, so we may have to wait for Chepstow or Newbury next week.  He is a nice prospect. Regal Gait has been declared to face 8 rivals at Chelmsford tomorrow evening.  He ran well at Wolverhampton last time out for his previous yard and that race has worked out very nicely since.  He starts in handicaps off a workable mark of 58, has had a wind operation and is in great form.  1m5f is a bit of an unknown trip wise, but he is a relaxed type so will give himself every chance of getting the extra furlong.  Martin Harley takes the ride. Charlemar holds multiple entries next week but the plan is to start him off in a 2m maiden hurdle at Chepstow on Wednesday.  He won a 1m4f bumper on his final start in France, showing a good turn of foot to win from an un-favoured position and is now ready to make his debut over hurdles.  His schooling has been very good, he is a very natural jumper and has lots of scope.  Chepstow should suit him and he is another to look forward to. The plan is to run Hoke Colburn at Hereford on Monday, but if he gets balloted out he has some other options later in the week.  Everything happened too quickly for him at Market Rasen last time out, so we are stepping him up in trip around a galloping track to help him get into a rhythm.  He is a gutsy horse who will improve with experience and a trip. Katarrhini is entered at the same meeting as Hoke, in a mares only handicap hurdle.  She would need a few to come out to get a run and the race may come a little bit soon for her, so we may wait for a similar race at Chepstow in a couple of weeks’ time.  She is in good form at home and should be able to get competitive off a mark of 81. Jack Bear is likely to take his chance at Plumpton on Monday.  He has done lots of schooling since his unseat at Newton Abbot last month and goes into the race in cracking form.  The sharp track will suit his flat speed and hopefully he can put in a clear round and take a step in the right direction.  He has all the attributes to make a more than useful hurdler. Vinnie Lewis holds entries at Newbury and Chepstow next week and all being well he will make his debut in one of those races.  He has a fair bit of experience in Irish point to points and bumpers.  2m4f is a nice starting point and he should improve as he steps up in distance. Emerging Force is entered at Exeter on Tuesday to have his 2nd start over fences.  He won nicely at Hereford over 2m4f and now steps up to 3m under a penalty.  This will be a tougher task than his Hereford run but he goes into the race in good form, the track should suit and as long as the ground isn’t too quick he will take his chance.  If he does miss Exeter, he has the option of going to Aintree later in the week. Octagon is entered at Chepstow on Wednesday and is set to make his chase debut.  He ran a blinder to finish second at Hereford on his first run for The Harry Whittington Racing Club where he ran into a very well handicapped horse.  He just sneaks into this handicap at Chepstow and has schooled well, so the race should suit.  This run should give us a good idea of where to go with him for the rest of the season. Astrapaios is entered in bumpers at Newbury and Chepstow next week, but if we don’t get any rain he may not be able to take his chance at either.  He has been working nicely and is and out and out galloper with quite a round action, so we wouldn’t want to risk him on fast ground.  He's an exciting recruit and we can’t wait to start him off when we get the right conditions. Passing du Moulin is entered in the same two races as Astrapaios next week.  He has grown and strengthened hugely since his debut last season.  He is still far from the finished article but needs some more experience before getting started over hurdles.  His long term future lies over staying trips and fences. WEEKLY VIDEO https://vimeo.com/187689393