Morning Symphony was disappointing last week but he’s got a problem with his wind. It was the right race for him and he had a tongue-tie on, as he had done at Market Rasen the time before, but it didn’t work a second time and he was very tired when he fell. It was black and white, he was struggling, and he’ll need to have an operation on his wind now.
Horsted Valley also ran badly which was a surprise as he had been fine at home, but he did exactly the same as he did first time up last year - raced like he’d never seen a racecourse before. I would put a line through that run.
Groundunderrepair ran really well at Carlisle. I was disappointed he got beat because I fancied him but I know they think the winner is very good, so it might turn out to be quite a good piece of form.
Here is a full rundown of my entries this week:
We’ve got a good runner at Exeter on Tuesday, Chase The Wind in the Beginners’ Chase, and the race has cut up quite badly. My fellow is in good form after having a wind operation since his last run and we’ve only got one rival, the Chris Down-trained Dragons Den, but he hasn’t run over fences before.
Chase The Wind has had three runs over fences, finishing second the last twice, and the form isn’t bad. I’m hoping the combination of the wind op and his experience advantage over fences will give him the edge, in which case he’ll take a bit of beating.
Always Managing is in at Worcester on Wednesday but she’s also in at Wincanton on Sunday, which will probably be a fairly weak contest. She’s had a wind operation since her last run and she’s very tough but would only have a certain level of ability. She likes quick ground so where we go will be determined by the conditions.
Aloomomo is entered at Fontwell but he would require rain so it looks doubtful he’ll run and we’ll probably wait for next week with him.
Postbridge is a nice bumper filly who is entered at Fontwell but the race looks quite tough on paper, with several of the runners representing powerful yards, so maybe we will wait. I do like her though and we are ready to go, but we might just try and find an easier opening.
Shah Of Persia (Thursday) is improving all the time and he ran very well at Worcester last time, finishing fourth. This looks the right sort of race, he jumps well and he’d have a decent chance. He’ll be perfectly happy if the ground is good.
Act Of Supremecy is also entered at Southwell but he would probably want rain. He’s a nice horse who will be better over fences in time.
We’ve got Kaysersberg in at Cheltenham on Friday and Aintree on Sunday, he’ll run somewhere. He had very good form to start with last year, winning his first two, but the fall at Doncaster knocked his confidence and it all went a bit wrong after that. He’s had a wind operation and he’s fine again now so we’ll have a run over hurdles and then go back to fences after that.
We’ve got Benefits Well in the conditional jockeys’ hurdle at Aintree on Sunday. He has run well for me the last twice and wouldn’t need to improve too much more to be competitive in a race like this.
Finally, look out for La Bague Au Roi who runs in the bumper at Aintree. She impressed me when winning her only previous start and is a very nice filly. She’s in good form and the main aim for her this side of Christmas is a Listed hurdle at Cheltenham in November.