Having had plenty of racing there has been a lull over the past few days which has given the yard some time to focus on runners for the rest of the month.
Obviously, we are working hard to prime One For Arthur for the National, but we have other Aintree entries and plenty due to run next week too.
Forest Des Aigles and Voix D'Eau are both aimed at the Topham Chase, over two and a half miles around the National fences. They both jumped round last autumn and have been aimed for this race since then. Forest would prefer lots of cut in the ground and really impressed with his last run at Ayr when a good second over just two miles. Voix D'Eau is a good ground horse, he found things a bit sharp at Cheltenham last month but has lots of scope and could run a big race at a big price.
We have a couple who may struggle to get in to their races but have been showing at home that they are worthy of their places. Aurora Thunder steadily improved in bumpers this season and she has taken another step forward recently. She has an entry in the mares bumper on Thursday. Sky Khan and Royal Reserve are in the 2m4f and 2m handicap hurdles respectively, and both horses look to be well suited to big fields. They have other alternatives if they do not make the cut.
One For Arthur is continuing on his upward curve that started two weeks ago. His weight is back 538kg which is the same as this stage in 2017 and he enjoyed a day at the farm this morning, cantering around the fields. The team here are very happy with him and we are looking forward to taking him back to Aintree on Friday evening ready for his race on Saturday. See the video on the home page.
There are three other festivals in the next month: the Ayr Scottish National meeting, Perth and Punchestown and we aim to have runners at all three.
In preparation for their hurdle debuts both Gripper and Blooriedotcom had a morning jumping in the school with Gregor. Jumping down a line of three fences they are learning how to be quick on their feet and to stretch over the fences. Also jumping were Katalystic, Buddha Scheme and Argentix. Katalystic's owners, Ronnie and Loraine Young were in to watch him and Loraine is pictured giving Kat a well earned pat.