I’m heading up to Wetherby for five rides on Saturday, beginning with Our Jet in the novice hurdle (12:50). He won there on his last run, when it looked like it was his race to lose.
That run came after a return from a wind operation, so hopefully he’s got a bit of confidence on the back of it. I don’t see the slight step up in trip as a problem. This is slightly more competitive with three last time out winners carrying penalties, but as an in-form, course winner, I’d like to think he can go very close.
There are just four runners in the in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase (13:22), where I ride No Getaway. He ran well for a long way at Aintree on his comeback run, when just getting a bit tired in the deep ground. This looks a competitive affair as two of our rivals have won last time out, but we’ve got a nice racing weight and if he puts his best foot forward, I’m sure he can run very well.
I ride Ashtown Lad in the Towton Novices’ Chase (14:30). He’s got a bit to find on figures, but he’s in good form and is a winner at the track. He’s well capable on his day and with just the four runners, we’ll take our chance.
Obviously, Ahoy Senor has been quite impressive this season and is a high-class horse, while Saint Palais has also been impressive for a five-year-old and gets the weight allowance here. With that in his favour, he might be the one we have to beat.
Then I’ve an outside ride in the shape of No Risk Des Flos (15:00) for Olly Murphy. He won at Wetherby last time over two miles and steps up to two and a half here. That looks to be a positive move as he finished his race off really well last time. He’s only gone up a few pounds and the form has been franked with Haafapiece coming out and winning again. He looks a good spare ride to pick up and he should have a nice chance.
In the bumper (16:10) we run Don Hollow. He’s had a nice long preparation and hasn’t been rushed. I’ll be taking my time on him in the rear of the field, like most of our bumper runners, to get him settled and then hopefully he can finish his race out well. It’s his first day at school, but we like what we we’ve seen from him at home and hopefully he can show that promise here.
Bridget has two rides down at Sandown.
Hatcher runs in the two-mile handicap chase (13:15). He’s been a credit to himself and won a hell of a lot of races, but the handicapper has certainly got him where he wants him. He should run alright, but I think off his current mark, he’s going to struggle. We’ll see how he gets on.
Padleyourowncanoe (14:55) ran really well on debut for us at Haydock. He was then unfortunate in the Classic Chase at Warwick where he made a mistake at the second and the reins flew out over his head, so I had to pull him up.
He’s been absolutely fine since then and now reverts to hurdles. I think Dan has had this race in mind for him, as a good staying three miles is what he wants. If he runs as he did at Haydock, he should have a good chance in a very competitive race.