Entries & Recent Form


     Micronormous runs at Exeter Today

Today we have one runner, Micronormous at Wincanton in the 12.55pm mares novices hurdle with Tom Scu on board.  There may only be eight runners but it looks a tough little race and a very competitive field.  Micronormous won a bumper on stable debut at Exeter last time showing a great attitude, this is her debut over hurdles and she steps up in distance to 2m5f which will suit.  The Paul Nicholls trained Lime Avenue, who won a bumper at at Chepstow last time is favourite with us and the Jeremy Scott trained Annie Magic joint next best in the betting.  Our four year old has come out of Exeter really well and has schooled nicely at home.  I think she will like the track and ground and she will put up a bold show.  Hopefully that will be good enough to win!  Lots of her owners, members of The Micro Managers will be in attendance again so we may be able to hear them cheering on the TV if she is involved in the finish!

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Today there are two jumps meeting at Haydock and Ludlow but the stable does not have any runners.  Racing gets underway at 12.45pm at Ludlow and there looks to be some good competitive races on the card.  Tom Scu heads there for one ride while Fergus Gillard has two.  Both jocks don't have strong chances of winners according to the betting but you have to be in it to win it!  Just look at the Ayr card yesterday, a trainer from Scotland, Russell Ross, recorded his first ever winner and the horse, Lisloran was backed from 66/1 into 100/30.  The trainer said he did not have his money on but it has got to have come from somewhere, well done to them all however, great win!

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Today there are two jumps meeting at Ayr and Southwell but the stable does not have any runners.  There is racing on the all-weather at Southwell and Wolverhampton while in Ireland they race at Punchestown.  I see that both Philip Armson and David Noonan are in action at Southwell while Tom Scu is serving the second day of a ban he received when winning on Micronormous at Exeter.  There are plenty of runners over in Ireland with 20+ size fields in three of their races, and double figures in another three of their races.  It looks tricky to find the winners!

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       Only The Bold Winner at Bangor

It was great to get out 50th winner of the season at Bangor on Saturday courtesy of an emphatic performance from stable debutant, Only the Bold. Our seven year old was making his chasing debut and although he is not very big he jumped fantastically having travelled well behind the leaders he went clear from the third last. He was very well bought by James Couldwell for the Value Racing Club this summer and I know David has liked him from the start. Having cost a fair bit initially from the Irish point to point field it is probably fair to say his form has only been okay to date, but this well related son of Jeremy had not run over fences under rules or over three miles. This seemed to bring out the best in him on Saturday and Fergus Gillard gave him a confident ride and and victory looked assured some way from home barring accidents. We don’t have him entered up quickly so we will enjoy that success and pray the handicapper does not over react. There is definitely more to come from Only the Bold and plenty more fun to be had this winter.

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   Heure De Gloire runs at Leicester Today

Today there are two jumps meeting at Carlisle and Leicester and the stable has two runners at the latter meeting.  Al Roc runs in the veterans chase at 3.10pm with Philip Armson on board.  This is a much more suitable race for him with and even though he is the outside of the four runner field I would not be surprised to see him run okay.  He will love the quicker ground and a return to 2m4f.  He has run quite a lot of times but he really does not do much at home - he has a morning swim and then spends the rest of the day in the field, he loves his daily routine and is a very happy horse.  Heure De Gloire runs in the final race of the card at 3.40pm, a mares handicap hurdle over 2m4f.  She is having her first run back after a break and I can see her running well.  Philip Armson rides and I see the Racing Post have her at 9/4 joint favourite.

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       Eden Du Houx Winner at Ffos Las
  
Eden Du Houx was an easy winner at Ffos Las yesterday, bringing up our 49th winner of the season.  This was his first run in Britain for a while after is last few runs have been in France.  He didn't look to be travelling the best early on in the race but the further he went the better he went and he forged clear from just before three out and then it was a case of just getting over the last few fences.  He has now had two visits to Ffos Las and has won twice so he certainly has a liking for the Welsh venue.  Hopefully the handicapper will not overreact but there is a race closing today for Exeter on Friday that we will probably put an entry in for in case the handicapper is too harsh and we have to run with a penalty.  It was a very nice performance and hopefully he can build on this going forwards.

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      American Sniper Winner at Taunton

With 10 runners across two meetings yesterday you are always hopeful of a couple of winners but like most things in life it is easier said than done!  If someone had told us we would have two winners before racing yesterday we would have taken it and it was brilliant to get one at each meeting.  Shot Boii got the day off to a good start but victory was by the narrowest of margins, a nose!  That is now two wins from Shot Boii from two visits to Lingfield this season and it was a very similar performance to last time.  Our five year old under Fergus Gillard led the way but was challenged all the way up the straight.  Half way up the run in it looked like we were destined to finished second but he stuck his head down gamely in the final strides to get up on the line.  It was a real courageous performance yet again for which the handicapper should not be able to put him up too much again.  There is definitely more to come again and the stiffer the test of stamina for him the better.

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