Racing Recap

Although none of our nine runners managed to get their head in front at Ayr or Hexham this week, there were plenty of positives to take from their performances with a number shaping like winners in waiting.

Youngsters Leading The Way

We were especially pleased with the efforts of our young horses at Ayr on Tuesday with Domandlouis staying on strongly to take third on his hurdling debut in the 2m novice and Readysteadybeau and Rowdy Rustler finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the 2½m maiden. Our other runner, Petite Rhapsody, failed to land a blow from off the pace in the 2m3f handicap hurdle and we may look to step him back up in trip next time. 

Course Stalwarts

Prince Dundee absolutely loves Hexham and added further lustre to his fine course record by finishing a close second in the 4m handicap chase on Wednesday. On his first attempt at the marathon trip, he bravely galloped all the way to the line and this opens up plenty of options for him, with Hexham’s other 4m event in March sure to feature on his agenda. In the same race, Buddha Scheme, runner-up 12 months earlier, was badly interfered with by a loose horse early on the final circuit but was just beginning to get back on terms with the leaders when falling two out. Although a bit sore afterwards, he’ll soon be back to himself with a bit of TLC from the team at home.

Fifth Or Better

Three further runners at Hexham saw Without Conviction and Izzy’s Champion claim third and fourth in the 2m handicap chase and Your Place take a big step forward from her seasonal reappearance when fifth in the closing 2m4f handicap hurdle. Both Without Conviction (Lou) and Izzy’s Champion (Champ) shaped a bit better than the bare result with Lou sure to improve on this chasing debut when stepping back up in trip and Champ likely to appreciate returning to a flatter track having just faded up the hill. 

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