BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING
THIS WEEK Its been fairly quiet this week in terms of runners but that hasn't stopped us finding more winners! A great run by the promising Young Bull who is every inch a chaser. We all have to learn to walk before we can run so it is very much "slowly slowly catchy monkey" in his case! The rain that we were desperately short of last year seems to be catching up with all of us now and none more so than Cheltenham. Today's meeting already called off and an inspection at 3pm to determine Saturday's racing has lead us to "watch this space" in the case of Saint Calvados. Lets hope Simon Claisse gives it the green light. Outside of the festival it is probably Cheltenham's biggest meeting and it would be desperately sad if it didn't go ahead. In other news we had a great turn out for the Harry Whittington Racing Club morning last Saturday and Harry is obviously the talk of the town right now as we had more journalists in the shape of the Trainer Magazine in the yard today. Fingers crossed for this weekend! REPORTS BIGMARTRE Bigmartre headed to Aintree on Saturday to line up in the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase over 2m 3f. This was a drop in class and we were always going to expect a bigger run with the fences not being omitted. Page jumped him off in a great position in front and down the rail. He got into a fantastic rhythm with his jumping and as they were turning out if the back straight he struggled to hold his position. However he stayed on well, jumping with the same enthusiasm to finish 6th. It was a tough race carrying a lot of weight but he ran with plenty of credit. The handicapper has now given him a chance by dropping him a couple of pounds. We will freshen him up for a month before deciding where to go next. YOUNG BULL Young Bull won the maiden hurdle over 2m4f at Ffos Las on Sunday making it winner number 18 for the season. He ran an absolute monster of a race in testing conditions but we always felt that the track and trip would suit him very well. This was certainly the case as he got into a fantastic rhythm and turning into the home straight he was always in control of the race. He powered away from his nearest rival to go and win by 3 and a quarter lengths. He will be freshened up now and will run again in a months’ time in similar conditions under a penalty. THE KINGS BABY The Harry Whittington Racing Club’s The Kings Baby ran on Monday at Kempton, returning to fences in the mares handicap chase over 2m4f. It looked a good opportunity for her on paper but she was being stepped up in class. She was taken on for the lead which was never going to be ideal and she didn’t get into her normal rhythm over fences. She was losing her position down the back straight and Richard Johnson decided to pull her up as she was struggling. Everything seemed to be fine with her afterwards and we will consider running her next week at Warwick in another mares novices handicap chase over 2m4f. ENTRIES SIMPLY THE BETTS Simply the Betts has been declared to run today at Newcastle in the novices limited handicap chase over 2m. He won extremely nicely on debut over fences last week. He has been raised 10lb for that win therefore this means he is 3lb well in for his run today. There is only 4 runners which means it is likely to be tactical, but hopefully he can take another step forwards. SHANTOU VOW Shantou Vow is lining up today at Southwell in the maiden hurdle over 2m. He is a very likable but backward type who has been placed in two bumpers. He is very much a work in progress and we see him more of a horse for handicaps down the line. It looks a good place to start and hopefully he will show us some promise. SAINT CALVADOS Saint Calvados is declared for tomorrow in the Betvictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham and we will also be declared this morning for the Shloer chase on Sunday. Given the extreme conditions at the track he has been given both options. Top weight in a handicap over 2m4f in these conditions may not be the best thing for the horse. We have the option to run on Sunday as well before making a decision on either race. He horse is in great shape at home and so we are looking forward to running him in one of these big races. CATELINE Cateline holds a number of entries over the coming week. She is a quality mare with a fantastic pedigree but she is a mare that comes into season a lot, therefore we just need to run her when the timing is right. She will likely need the experience of a bumper to bring her on mentally. But we are looking forward to running her as she is showing plenty of potential at home. ROUGE VIF Rouge Vif lines up on Sunday at Cheltenham in the Arkle Trophy Trial over 2m. He won really nicely over fences on debut at Market Rasen last month. It is a tough race on paper but Rouge has improved from his debut and is ready to run a big race. The track and the ground are a bit of an unknown but now he is more relaxed in his work it’s the right time to try it out. COURT LIABILITY Court Liability holds a couple of entries this week but the plan is to go the Lingfield on Tuesday in a handicap chase over 2m7f. We feel that the track should be more suitable there, it is an unknown running him on a softer surface but we feel it is worth trying it to see if he handles it. LANTIERN Lantiern holds an entry at Warwick on Wednesday in the 2m3f handicap hurdle. The flat nature of the track should suit him much better than last time. It is an extra 3f on this occasion but we do not see that as a problem as he was staying on so well at Southwell when he won. He was unfortunate last time to slip up when in contention and hopefully he can bounce back to form. KLEOS Kleos has a few entries coming up and it will be a question of opposition as well as ground conditions as to where we run. She shaped nicely on debut last time out but just got a bit tired. She has come on for the run and so we are looking forward to running her again. NEVERBEEN TO PARIS Neverbeen To Paris has been entered for Wincanton on Thursday in the 2m3f handicap hurdle. Coming back in trip, the sharper nature of the track and the long home straight should all suit him well. The trip and the very soft ground last time didn’t suit him but he came back in one piece which is the main thing. He is a tough little character and we have an option for him on Boxing Day at Kempton as well so we are looking forward to seeing him out agian next week. SPARKLEANDSHINE Sparkleandshine holds an entry on Thursday at Wincanton in the novices handicap chase over 2m. He has come out of his hurdles race in good form and he is going back over fences after falling last time out over the bigger obstacles. He schooled really well over fences this week so hopefully he can bounce back and prove that he can make a chaser. IN OTHER NEWS... HWR STAFF PROFILES Jakobe Nicosia – Stable Lad Jakobe joined HWR in July 2018 taking on the role of sable lad. His duties include riding out, mucking out, taking horses to the races and the general care for the horses on a daily basis. School wasn’t really for Jakobe and he went out into the big wide world with no clue as to what he was going to do for a career. He started off working as a gardener for Pat Eddery and this is where his love for the horses and the racing industry began. Pat suggested he should go to the British Racing School to learn more about the racing industry and to gain more experience riding racehorses. Jakobe had previously only ridden a small amount on a few ponies. Whist at the racing school Jakobe learnt a lot of the necessary requirements and demands of the racing industry including a fracture to his leg where he had to go back home until it had fully healed. But this did not stop Jakobe and once his leg was well rested he returned to the college to complete his course. Upon completion at the BRS Jakobe joined Harry and his team and has been here ever since. Jakobe’s favourite horse on the yard is Kleos, he states ‘she is a beautiful looking mare with good confirmation. She has taken some time to mature but she is coming on well and has an exciting future ahead of her.’ Jakobe is working very hard to one day become a trainer and be battling it out with Harry for the trainer’s title! Away from the yard Jakobe is a film buff, he enjoys all films from action to rom coms. His other love is food and makes a mean Lasagne!