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Bringing on future stars

20-10-2017

THIS WEEK Things have been a little quieter this week as we go through a brief spell with relatively few runners.  So we've been cracking on at the yard whilst also getting a lot of the 3 year olds progressing nicely in their early education.  We're fortunate to have a lot of talented horseman in the team this season so they have all been given the best possible start in life.  So as we continue to bring on future stars, things are starting to pick up again as we motor on towards November... REPORTS Jack Bear took a step in the right direction to finish 5th at Goodwood on Sunday.  Jack was held up off a strong pace for much of the contest and seemed to enjoy the switch back to turf.  As the pace lifted turning into the straight, he became a bit unbalanced and got outpaced.  The eventual winner swept past him, but to his credit he stuck on well and ran right through the line to almost snatch a place.  It was an improvement on his Kempton run, but he is finding it hard off his current handicap mark.  He now has the option of switching back to hurdles, where he is fairly treated. ENTRIES The Dubai Way is set to have his first start for the yard at Ffos Las tomorrow.  He is an Irish point to point winner, with plenty of size and scope.  He isn't short of speed, so we are starting him in a bumper to learn some more about him first.  He handled soft ground well in Ireland, so any rain shouldn't be a problem.  He is very much a chaser for the future. Zephyros Bleu holds a couple of entries in the coming days and the first of those is at Exeter on Tuesday.  He just had the 3 starts last season but really improved for the switch to fences.  He won well at Ffos Las in December, before posting an eye catching run in a hot race back at the same venue in March.  He has done well physically for his break and looks more like the finished article, so should be well capable of improving on his current mark of 123.  If the rain comes he should be very competitive. Tangoed is entered at Worcester in a mares maiden hurdle on Wednesday, but is likely to wait for a similar race at Uttoxeter the following week.  She has recovered from a knock she picked up in her last race at Newton Abbot. She has schooled nicely and has solid bumper form so she should be able to improve over hurdles. Star Tackle is set to make his first chase start at Southwell on Thursday.  He has some solid novice hurdle form last season, without getting his head in front and now switches his attention to the larger obstacles.  He is very much a chaser in physique and he will also appreciate the step up to 3m.  He is an Irish point to point winner and granted a clear run he should progress this season. Ritasun has multiple entries over the next 10 days, the first of those is at Chelmsford on Thursday.  He travelled well for much of the race at Redcar, but when Dane O'Neil asked him to lengthen he found very little for pressure.  He suggested stepping back in trip and his best form is on the all weather, so this 1m handicap looked a nice option for him.  His mark has fallen to 66, which should help him get competitive. Until next week...