Towton next target for Missed Approach
The horses continue to run consistently and seem in really good health! Last week it was great to see Missed Approach win in good style at Lingfield and I am hopeful he can go onto bigger and better things for the rest of the season.
The Towton Novice Chase at Wetherby is his next target. Also on the same day The Nipper left the disappointment of her fall at Wetherby behind her with a smooth success dropped back in trip under Richard Johnson. Unfortunately she came back with sore shins so she has been on the quiet list since but will start doing more next week. It was good to see her settle in behind and jump so well. Richard was very complimentary about her. Where she goes yet I am not sure.
Without winning, other horses to have pleased me in the last week or so are Chef D’Ouevre who ran above himself at Warwick last weekend and is sure to make up into a really good staying chaser. Bon Enfant left two poor runs behind him to finish 3rd in a Pertemps Qualifier; he had a minor wind op last week which should help. Bob Mahler and Boagrius were two others who particularly pleased me on the 1st starts over hurdles. They both have a bright future.
Looking over the next few weeks we having some exciting targets for some of the horses. Next weekend Shantou Bob heads to the Cleeve hurdle at Cheltenham as long as there is rain this week. I would like to see at what level he is at- he may wear cheek pieces! Cole Harden could go there if the ground dries up but only if the ground is good; if soft he will run in a Novice chase at Doncaster on Friday. Out Sam is an intended runner in the Sky Bet chase next Saturday. I was very pleased with his 3rd at Kempton last time and he has come out of that race really well. Boite is a horse I have a lot of time for and I feel he is seriously over priced in the anti post market for the Betfair hurdle at Newbury on 11th February. He is really well in himself!
On the jockey front, both Gavin and Harry are seeing specialists at the beginning of next week so we will know more then. Gavin could be back for next weekend but I think Harry will be a bit longer. In their absence we have been lucky to have had the services of the best available. Richard Johnson has stepped in on a few and his experience has been great. Also Leighton Aspell and Andrew Tinkler have been in schooling and also riding a few on the track. They have been great and very helpful . Also young Tom has been doing a lovely job with the bumper horses. He seems to be gaining confidence and is becoming a vital member of the team!