It’s a relatively quiet run up to Christmas now but we are set to run three exciting horses at Ascot on Friday, all of whom have chances.

Fly Du Charmil (12.50) provided us with our first success for the McNeil family when winning his bumper at Newbury last month and we are very much looking forward to getting him going over hurdles. He jumps well at home and testing ground won’t faze him at all, he’s a strong galloper and the step up in trip will suit him well. I am expecting him to run well.

It’s not an ideal scenario to be running Out Sam (2.30) in a Grade 2 event on his first try over fences, but he’s an exciting horse who won’t be daunted by this level of opposition. He won a hurdle race at Ascot at the beginning of the year, so the track will suit him and soft ground is no issue at all. As is often the case when they go over fences the first time, the main aim is for him to enjoy the experience and grow in confidence as the race progresses. I wouldn't rule out a big run at all, he’s a horse that excites me and that won’t diminish even if he gets beat.

Burlington Bert’s (3.40) has been off since winning a Warwick bumper in May but the form of that race has worked out alright and this is a horse who I think has quite a bright future. He came in a bit later than many of mine but his recent work has been good, he’s done plenty and he’s in good shape for this. He is potentially one of the nicest youngsters I’ve got and I wouldn’t be running him in this if I didn’t think he was good enough to win.

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I don’t have any runners at all on Saturday or Sunday but I might run a nice horse on Monday called Warrantor (2.10) who will be better suited by going left handed after running a disappointing race at Wincanton on his return. To be fair, pitching him into a Grade 2 event on his first start over fences was probably asking a lot of him, but we think he’s up to that level and this race at Lingfield will be nothing like as strong. He’s also going up in trip which will help as he stays well and he’ll fare much better this time.

We could have a couple of runners at Bangor on Tuesday, the last day of racing before Christmas. Vinciaettis (1.20), a winner of two bumpers, could make his debut over hurdles and we have the option of a couple of races on the card - he could run in either. He was a bit quiet a couple of weeks ago but he’s come to himself now and is in good form at home. He should have a bright future over hurdles and his schooling has gone smoothly.

There is a chance Postbridge (3.20) could go there if she’s okay after being withdraw from her race at Towcester on Thursday because of a stone bruise. She’ll be winning soon wherever she goes as she’s a nice filly who ran very well on debut.

I’ll be back next week to look ahead to my runners on Boxing Day and more.

Warren

Burlington Bert - 1pt @ 4.0