Keeper Hill could have an exciting future
Since I last did a blog the horses have really hit top form and are in rude health which is fantastic! We have had 7 winners in the last 10 days and have also had some really good laced horses.
This is a real team effort to have them all running well at a really tough time of year with the weather. We tend to be a bit quiet in January and February but this year they have continued in good form. We were slow to get into our stride so I would think that has something to do with it and that the team have kept them healthy which is paramount!
Keeper Hill showed what a good horse he is and how exciting he could be in the future with a great win at Huntingdon in the Sydney Banks beating a good field. He is in at Cheltenham but my farther initial thoughts are that he may not be quite ready for it but I will discuss it further with his owners and see but Aintree may be better this season.
Petticoat Tails looks another exciting mare who can follow on from La Bague Au Roi and The Nipper from last season. She looks really smart and could be a real star in the future! Lovenormoney put up a really tough performance at Uttoxeter in attritional conditions to get off the mark under rules. He looks a thorough stayer who will make up into a lovely chaser.
On Saturday I was particularly happy with Western Ryder. He did not win the listed bumper at Newbury but put up a mighty performance giving a Nicky Henderson flying machine 21lb! He has booked his place at Cheltenham where I think he perform even better!
News on other Cheltenham possibles. Cole Harden is absolutely bouncing and is on course to try and regain his crown. Black Thunder runs on Thursday at Kelso where he will try and qualify for the Foxhunters.
Paint the Clouds runs at Doncaster where he will try and win the race for the 3rd successive year. He is in serious form! Final Choice may run at Haydock on Saturday before heading to either the Fred Winter or Triumph.
Gavin is back from injury and is riding well! Just in time for the spring! Harry unfortunately will be out for a while longer. Deserter, GVS Irportensa and Knight Bachelor have arrived or are about to arrive back for their spring and summer campaigns. They are looking great and are a very important part of the team as they can hopefully continue where others have done.
Let’s hope our hot streak can continue over the next couple of months as these are the most important!