Sunday, 3 August 2014

Tolly kicks off busy week

A busy week for the yard kicks off straight away on Monday with Tolly McGuinness at Kempton. He has had his three maiden runs now and has been given a low handicap mark so I hope he can show himself in a better light. The drop to six furlongs will be ideal for him and I really hope he can put up a good show on the all-weather - he seems to prefer that surface to the turf.

After a blank Tuesday, all hands will be on deck for the following two days. Wednesday sees us stretched across the country, starting with Handheld and Silver Alliance up at Pontefract. Both are in similar situations - after a good run of things they are very high in the handicap and struggling to win as a result. That said, they're both in top form and could land some prize money.
Handheld (Danny) & Silver Alliance (Reno)
At Yarmouth, The Ducking Stool steps back up to the trip she won over last month and I hope that will see her get her head in front for a seventh time at the course. She too is feeling well and always runs her heart out.
Also beside the seaside in Brighton is Luhaif as he goes for the valuable Brighton Mile. I can imagine the course and distance will be ideal for him and he seems happy at home. It would be a dream to win the big race at my hometown track.

The following day, we have another raiding party heading to Yarmouth. Tiger's Home is also entered at Brighton the same day but, where ever she goes, she should be knocking on the door again after a recent consistent spell.
Bushy Glade ran a blinder on her handicap debut last time and that has done her confidence the world of good. She would appreciate a bit of cut in the ground but her attitude is her main asset as she tries so hard.
Tiger's Home (Graham) &  Bushy Glade (Ryan)
Also at our lucky track is recent purchase Don't. She won on her debut for Luca Cumani but then ran very poorly on two subsequent starts for him. She seemed to pull hard on those occasions though so that may have been the problem. She has been very settled at home but, as a precaution, we will run her in a hood to reduce the amount of noise she hears and keep her calm on raceday. She is rated quite high so we'll see at what level she is currently after the race.
Previous Accliam has the ability to win but her small size holds her back as she can get bullied by bigger horses in her races. If she gets the rub of the green then another placing could in in order.
Don't (Ross) & Previous Acclaim (Shelley)

Opus Too (Danny)

Avidly (Reno)

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