Entries & Recent Form


Panic Attack at Huntingdon 

Today we have two runners at Cheltenham and three at Uttoxeter.  Panic Attack and Sizing Pottsie run at Prestbury Park while Royal Mer, Via Dante and Barrier Peaks are our trio of runners at Uttoxeter.  Panic Attack runs in the 12.10pm novices handicap chase with Tom Scu on board.  She won nicely on chasing debut at Huntingdon two starts back and arguably ran her best race to date at Kempton last time over Christmas.  She is a lovely big mare you has taken to chasing well and I think there is more improvement to come.  She has won at Cheltenham before over hurdles and races today off a mark of 130.  It looks a hot race but I think she has a cracking each way chance at about 11/1.

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Bashful Boy at Market Rasen 

Today we have two runners on the all-weather at Lingfield, Bashful Boy and Borntobealeader.  They both run in the same race, the 1m4f handicap at 2.20pm and they are both having their first starts on the flat for us.  Both have run on the level before but this is the first time we have tried them.  Bashful Boy runs from a mark of 75 with Rob Hornby in the saddle.  Our seven year old has won one race and finished second three times from just six starts on the all-weather before with his win coming in Ireland at Dundalk over this trip off a mark of 72.  This is his first race on the flat for 727 days so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.  He hasn’t been enjoying the soft ground over hurdles as late so David thought he might enjoy a go on the all-weather.

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While Wincanton were due to race today, the meeting was unfortunately lost earlier in the week due to frozen ground.  They are racing over jumps at Wetherby today however and they have plenty of runners throughout the card as you would expect.  When there has been no racing for a period of time, the back log of horses wanting to run builds up and as you can imagine, it can difficult to get a run into some horses.  Behind the scenes there a plenty of horses being balloted out of races, whether that be novice events where you get a ballot number when the field size capacity reaches maximum or whether you are just too low down in the ratings to get in a particular handicap.   It is rumoured there could be some extra meetings scheduled for the coming days to make up for some of those lost and things will start to settle down a bit when things return to a little more normal. 

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The jumps racing fixtures in Britain are still being affected by the weather and Warwick is the latest meeting to be abandoned due to frozen ground.  We weren’t scheduled to have any runners at Warwick today but we were due to have some at Wincanton tomorrow which has also been called off.  We do however have some jumping action today up at Catterick and hopefully they are fine to race at Wetherby tomorrow as well.  It seems like the UK has been tipped on its head weather wise at the moment.  It is usually a lot colder up North than in the South but actually it is the other way round at the moment! Temperatures are currently more mild the further North you go while we are still experiencing freezing temperatures overnight.

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Well, we were due to have runners at all three of today’s jumps meeting but unfortunately they have all be abandoned!  The thaw did not come in time for Exeter, Leicester or Market Rasen and they were all called off due to frozen ground yesterday.  We have had a frost the last two nights and despite having a nice sunny day here at Pond House yesterday, temperatures were still not that high and so while things have improved a little we are still not totally defrosted!  We do not have any intended runners on Wednesday but I think Warwick will need a bit of luck for their meeting to go ahead tomorrow.

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Shot Boii when he Won at Lingfield 

Unfortunately Lingfield was abandoned yesterday as I suspected it might be. Our lorry set off on its journey but didn’t get too far before having to turn around for home. No damage done but Craig and Mel missed out on their Sunday morning lie in!! Sizing Pottsie is now likely to be confirmed later today for the Clarence House chase which has been rescheduled for Cheltenham on Saturday.

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   Sizing Pottsie Runs Lingfield today - If On!

Well today’s Blog was a little tricky to pre-write yesterday with Lingfield calling a 4pm Saturday afternoon inspection.  I’m hedging my bets that it is going to be called off after looking at the weather forecast I just can’t see how temperatures are going to rise and conditions are going to improve enough for racing to go ahead.  It will be such a shame for Lingfield if they have lost both of their days jump action of the Winter Million Festival but there is not much anyone can do about the weather.  Should racing be on we do have two runners at Lingfield, Lock Out and Sizing Pottsie.  Lock Out runs in the 12.30pm novices handicap hurdle with Tom Scu on board.  He will appreciate going back left handed and stepping up in distance for the first time today.  It looks a wide open competitive race but hopefully he will not be too far away.

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