A busy week of action kicks off with four runners at Ayr this afternoon, swiftly followed by five at Hexham tomorrow and then Royal Reserve at Newcastle on Thursday.
We have two horses making their hurdling debuts at Ayr today, with Domandlouis starting out in the novice hurdle over 2m. Having had just the one run in bumpers, he is still very inexperienced and sure to progress with racing, especially once he gets the chance to tackle longer trips. That said, his schooling has been good and we’re hopeful he can finish in the first four or five.
Our other hurdling debutant is Rowdy Rustler who makes his stable debut in the 2m4f maiden hurdle. An Irish point winner back in the spring, we have since given him a wind op and he has been displaying encouraging signs at home. We also run Readysteadybeau in the same race and he should appreciate stepping up in trip after his staying-on second at Hexham last month. This would be a deeper contest and if he could finish amongst the places again that would cement a very positive start to his hurdling career.
Perhaps our best chance of a winner at Ayr is Petite Rhapsody, who looks to go one better than he did over course and distance last month in the 2m3f handicap hurdle. An enthusiastic individual, it has taken him a while to learn how to race properly, but he is now settling much better and that has shone through in his recent performances.
Away from the track, there is plenty of action in the sales rings across Europe, and whilst we came home empty-handed from Cheltenham last Friday, we did manage to buy a couple of two-year-old stores at Arqana yesterday. Aided by leading bloodstock agent Tom Malone, we have purchased Northern Cardinal, by the young German stallion Bathyrhon, and Esprit du Potier, a grey by Montmartre. A link to their pedigrees can be found below, they are for sale so please contact the office if you’re interested in either of these exciting prospects.
Lucinda Russell Racing