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One Jump Ahead

The Top National Hunt Horses To Follow for 2017/2018

Foreword by Nick LUCK, 7 times Broadcaster of The Year

Stable Interviews:

Brian ELLISON (26 horses featured), Harry FRY (43), Philip HOBBS (65), Malcolm JEFFERSON (23), Alan KING (63), Tom LACEY (New - 19), Olly MURPHY (New – 14), Paul NICHOLLS (88), Ben PAULING (39 plus including his handpicked Top 4 unraced bumper horses), David PIPE (38), Colin TIZZARD (New - 38).

Quotes from One Jump Ahead:

“He looks amazing and I think he is top-class.” BRIAN ELLISON

“His owners have kindly asked me to train him and I am delighted to have him because he is an exciting horse.” HARRY FRY discussing an interesting new recruit to the yard.

“A potentially exciting prospect for juvenile hurdles who arrived in August.” PHILIP HOBBS

“I think he is an extremely good horse. TOM LACEY

“He is a very smart horse who really fills the eye. Measuring 16.2hh, his homework has been very good and, if reproducing that on the track, he could be our best bumper horse.”

BEN PAULING

“He jumps well at home and is a gorgeous horse. He is the sort every trainer would love to have.” COLIN TIZZARD

“She looked a really smart prospect that day and posted a good time in the process. I harbour big hopes for her this season.”

Bloodstock agent ANTHONY BROMLEY

“His style of racing reminds me of a young Florida Pearl: I fully expect him to feature very high up the pecking order of Mullins bumper horses this winter, could even be a possible Cheltenham Festival bumper winner and thereafter a career mixing with top class horses in graded races over hurdles and primarily fences beckons.”

Irish point expert DECLAN PHELAN

One Jump Ahead (160 pages) also features the following sections:

The Top 40 Prospects – 19 of the 40 have yet to race for their new trainer/connections. Last year’s produced 51 winners at a strike-rate of 33% and includedCheltenham Festival winner ALTIOR (unbeaten in 6 races), CAPITAINE (3 wins), CLOUDY DREAM (3 wins), GETABIRD (2 from 2), MOUNT MEWS (3 wins), NO COMMENT (3 wins), SAMCRO (3 from 3) and WAITING PATIENTLY (3 from 3)

Leading Owner RICH RICCI and his racing manager JOE CHAMBERS pick their horse to follow for 2017/2018

Bromley’s Best Buys – Leading Bloodstock Agent ANTHONY BROMLEY highlights 31 new recruits from France and Ireland. 40 winners at a strike-rate of 27% in last year’s article

English Pointers – my Racing UK colleague JONATHAN NEESOM picks a select bunch of horses who raced between the flags in the UK last season and caught his eye

French Revolution - 34 horses who have joined the likes of J.P.McMANUS, GORDON ELLIOTT, GIGGINSTOWN HOUSE STUD, WILLIE MULLINS, JONJO O’NEILL & VENETIA WILLIAMS and have yet to run for their new connections. Last year’s feature included the unbeaten and Triumph Hurdle winner DEFI DU SEUIL.

Irish Pointers - expert DECLAN PHELAN highlights 42 pointers to follow from across the Irish Sea who will race under Rules this winter. Last year’s article produced 27 winners at a strike rate of 24%. They featured promising youngsters BLACK OP, CAUSE TOUJOURS, ELEGANT ESCAPE (10/1 & 8/1), ESPOIR DE TEILLEE (10/1), LOUGH DERG SPIRIT, the ill-fated NEON WOLF (Grade 2 winner) and REIGNING SUPREME.

Stable Gossip - news from the stables of DAN SKELTON, SUE SMITH, NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES & FERGAL O’BRIEN (highly regarded unraced bumper horse)

Unraced Bumper Horses - owned by GRAHAM WYLIE, Mrs JOHN MAGNIER, GIGGINSTOWN HOUSE STUD & SULLIVAN BLOODSTOCK Limited

Appendix – a full and comprehensive analysis of the 2 mile chasers, 2m 4f chasers, staying chasers, 2 mile hurdlers & staying hurdlers

Index – 641 horses included

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One Jump Ahead Updates – VIA EMAIL ONLY

I shall be producing 5 One Jump Ahead Updates throughout the 2017/18 National Hunt season. Each Update comprises information about the horses in One Jump Ahead, an update from top Bloodstock Agent Anthony Bromley, Bumper News, Ante-Post Advice (recommendations for the major races), Big-Race Previews and News from Ireland from one of the most informed Irish experts Declan Phelan. Please note, the Updates are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL (Not Post).

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Summary of the 2016/2017 Updates:

What The Clients Said:

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“As Names to Note said the step up in trip and the soft ground did the trick for Delusionsofgrandeur at Catterick today. Plus, at 12/1 a nice little midweek boost to the account.” S.P.

“The info regarding Sweet as a Nut was excellent and I can't think of anywhere else where I would have read such a spot on few paragraphs analysing a hunter chase at Limerick! The info re Charli Parcs was also very good plus Bacardys. These three plus Defi de Seuil made a nice four timer today. The information you provide in these updates plus the 'bonus' information you provide on your racing diary is truly priceless!” J.S.

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“Many thanks yet again for the Chelt update. Plenty of value around. As well as Sizing John, surely the best tip in it though was Gordon Elliott's note on Labaik - 'if he jumps off he's worth a £5 e.w.' Certainly was at 50/1 in the morning!” W.P.

 

One Jump Ahead Updates

PADDY POWER UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2017

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The PADDY POWER MEETING 2016

4 WINNERS: DEFI DU SEUIL (5/4), TAQUIN DU SEUIL (Advised @ 10/1 – WON @ 8/1), NORTH HILL HARVEY (Advised @ 12/1 – WON @ 6/1), BEHIND TIME (9/2)

Quote: TAQUIN DU SEUIL won the JLT Novice Chase at the Festival in 2014 (beat subsequent Ryanair Chase winner Uxizandre) and, while his career hasn’t progressed in the manner expected, he is still dangerously handicapped off 156. A winner at Warwick last season, he finished sixth in the Ryanair Chase but didn’t look at his best. However, there was plenty to like about his reappearance run over hurdles at Chepstow. A running on sixth behind Ballyoptic in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow, his course form reads 612196. Any ease in the ground would be in his favour.” Advised @ 10/1 WON the BetVictor Gold Cup @ 8/1

Quote: NORTH HILL HARVEY was a late withdrawal from the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last weekend and could run here instead. Dan Skelton’s former pointer won on the New Course at Cheltenham last December and, while only ninth in the Supreme NH on this track, he would have been closer had he not made a mistake at the penultimate flight. Fourth at Aintree last time, he goes well fresh and handles testing ground. Harry Skelton rides him in favour of stablemate Ch’tibello.” Advised @ 12/1 WON the Greatwood Hurdle @ 6/1

Quote: BEHIND TIME is featured on page 50 of One Jump Ahead as a handicapper to follow. The five year old showed very little in his first two races at Newbury and Taunton but the Stowaway gelding was a different proposition at Exeter last time. Beaten a short neck by Captain Chaos (rated 139) receiving only seven pounds, he makes his handicap debut off a rating of 115. The step up in trip is expected to suit and this event is invariably won by a very well handicapped youngster. Indeed, Harry Fry won the race last year with subsequent Grade 1 and Festival winner Unowhatimeanharry off 123. Behind Time has only raced on soft and heavy ground.” WON @ 9/2

Plus: CRACK TIEPY (4/9), CRACKING SMART (13/8), DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (3 wins including @ 17/2), MASTER OF IRONY (2/1 & 13/8), NOT NEVER (6/4), PERCY STREET (6/4).

Quote: “Danny Cook is known to be excited by the prospect of partnering DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR over fences this season. A former winning Irish pointer, he developed into a useful novice hurdler for Sue Smith last season winning twice at Hexham and Catterick (beat subsequent Grade 2 winner Jonniesofa) over trips ranging from two and a half to three miles one. Rated 139 over timber, he stays well and appreciates plenty of cut in the ground. The six year old gelded son of Mahler will reportedly be ready to run in a beginners’ chase in the next couple of weeks.” WON 3 times, including at Catterick (13/12/16) by six lengths @ 17/2

OWNERS ENCLOSURE: GRAHAME WHATELEY

Quote: SNEAKY FEELING: “Another very nice youngster who has yet to run for us. He finished fourth in one of the strongest four year old point-to-points run in Ireland last season. We will start him off in either a bumper or novice hurdle at a lowly level and let him find his feet. He is a lovely horse for the future.” WON @ 25/1 at Newbury (14/12/16)

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2017

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2016

KING GEORGE: THISTLECRACK (Advised @ 11/8 WON at 11/10)

Quote: THISTLECRACK was a top-class staying hurdler winning the World Hurdle last spring and earning an official mark over timber of 174. Switched to fences this Autumn, Colin Tizzard’s eight year old has won all three of his starts with the minimum of fuss. Easy wins have been gained at Chepstow, Cheltenham and Newbury. A four times winner racing right-handed, he has won 9 of his 10 races over three miles and he has already gained four Grade 1 wins during his career. He obviously lacks chasing experience but it is worth recalling Coneygree won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on only his fourth run over fences. There is no doubting his ability.” Advised @ 11/8 WON the King George at 11/10

The IRISH ANGLE by Declan PHELAN: WINNERS: BACARDYS (4/6, 12/1 & 10/1), CARTER MCKAY (1/2 & 8/13), NEXT DESTINATION (8/15), SWEET AS A NUT (3/1 & 4/6), WHITE ARM (9/2)

Quote: “Down at Limerick on December 27th they stage a maiden hunters’ chase (2.45): the market will be dominated by three main players: Dimple, Quarry Rua and Sweet As A Nut. My preference is for the latter: the grey Dimple was exposed on eight unsuccessful outings in the UK: moved to Andy Slattery, he spruced up his ideas and completed a hat trick of point wins at Lingstown last Sunday: on paper those wins make pleasant reading, sadly there is little substance to them. Quarry Rua is also a 3-times point winner: he won two last winter and then ran ok in a couple of bumpers in Cork. He won hard held on his return to pointing at Ballindenisk at the start of this month. SWEET AS A NUT won a maiden point at Ballyvodock in January: he hardly broke sweat on his seasonal reappearance at Castletown in October….he beat a subsequent 3 time points winner by fifteen lengths. Next up at Rathcannon, he was poised to win and challenging at the second last he was tightened for room and, although officially down as having run out, it was more a case of pushed out…undoubtedly the moral winner of that race. In his last outing, Sweet As A Nut took a hike in class as he faced off against proven hunter chase and track stock in the best Open lightweight of the autumn session. In that race at Dromahane in November, he was bang in the picture until just nudged out of the verdict close to the line. In finishing three lengths off Sydney Paget, he ran an absolute cracker….the winner is a leading Open horse and certainly runs to a mark above 120 in most points: Buckers Bridge a decent track horse placed a dozen lengths behind Sweet As A Nut in this race, and he next time up won an Open in a canter. Since that third place at Dromahane the owner/trainer of Sweet As A Nut, Trixie Barry, has turned down some tempting offers. Said owner has a dream to run the horse in the Cheltenham Foxhunters. To get a ticket for that race in March this son of Vinnie Roe must win in Limerick. The terrain at Limerick is bound to be holding and testing and of the three horses in focus, Sweet As A Nut is the most versatile regarding underfoot conditions: he does travel like a horse with some class through a race: he has toe and this 2m 6f trip will play to his strengths and I expect him to land the prize for his Fermoy connections.”WON by 15 lengths at Limerick @ 3/1

THE HORSE I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OVER CHRISTMAS: RICH RICCI: MONTALBANO (WON @ 8/11)

THE HORSE I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OVER CHRISTMAS: ANTHONY BROMLEY: MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (WON the Challow Hurdle at Newbury @ 100/30)

TALKING TRAINERS: GORDON ELLIOTT: WINNERS: APPLE’S JADE (7/2), A TOI PHIL (7/2 & 6/5), BARRA (5/4), DINARIA DES OBEAUX (10/11), MEGA FORTUNE (9/2), MICK JAZZ (7/1), NOBLE ENDEAVOR (6/1), OUTLANDER (11/1), POLI ROI (2/7), SAMCRO (8/13), SUTTON PLACE (4/1 & 4/6), THE STORYTELLER (Evens & 5/2), TOMBSTONE (9/4).

Quote: NOBLE ENDEAVOR: “He is in good form at home and is also an intended runner in the Paddy Power Chase on Tuesday (27th). A horse with a lot of ability, he needs things to go right but we were pleased with his run in the Troytown Chase at Navan last time finishing fourth. He looks well and appears to have improved since his last run.” WON the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (27/12/16) @ 6/1

Plus: CAP SOLEIL (11/8 & 9/2), CHARLI PARCS (5/4), ESPOIR DE TEILLEE (10/1), SUPERB STORY (11/8), WONDERFUL CHARM (4/6 & 1/2)

Quote: “Cheltenham stages a Listed bumper for four year olds over a mile and six furlongs (3.40). At the time of writing, there is an element of guesswork regarding the line up but I suggest readers bear the following in mind, if featuring amongst the entries. Fergal O’Brien has had 9 bumpers winners from only 29 runners (31%) this season and the unbeaten CAP SOLEIL looked a quality filly when winning by two and a half lengths on her debut in a junior bumper at Newbury earlier this month. Sent off evens favourite, the Kapgarde filly didn’t come off the bridle under Paddy Brennan. Provided the race doesn’t come too soon (only 18 days ago), she looks set to play a leading part.” CAP SOLEIL won @ 11/8

Quote: “The legendary owner is also responsible for the Nicky Henderson trained juvenile hurdler CHARLI PARCS. McManus paid €250,000 at the Arqana Sale last month for the former Arnaud Chaille-Chaille trained three year old. Successful on his debut over hurdles at Enghien in early November, he beat Poker Play by a length and the runner-up has won since. Indeed, the runner-up was subsequently bought by David Pipe for £280,000 at the Cheltenham December Sale. Charli Parcs could make his British debut at Kempton on Tuesday and a big run is anticipated from the son of Anabaa Blue.” WON by eight lengths on his British debut at Kempton (5/4)

Quote: “Irish point expert Declan Phelan spoke positively regarding ESPOIR DE TEILLEE on page 155 of OJA. A faller at the last on his only start ‘between the flags,’ he was subsequently bought by Roger Brookhouse for £220,000. In training with rising star Neil Mulholland, the West Country based handler commented recently: “He’s a beautiful horse who covers the ground effortlessly and I really do think he has some potential. He’ll start off in a bumper around Christmas and I’d like to think he could run in one of the championship bumpers at some point.” WON at Ffos Las (9/4/16) @ 10/1

Quote: “J.P.McManus invariably targets one of his novices at the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (11th February) and it will be interesting to see if he has the valuable two mile event in mind for MOVEWITHTHETIMES. His famous green and gold silks have been carried to victory aboard Get Me Out of Here (2010) and My Tent Or Yours (2013) in recent years, plus Darlan was still going well when falling two out in 2012. Paul Nicholls’ gelding has been allocated a generous looking mark of 136 having won two of his three races over timber this season. The son of Presenting lacks experience but he hasn’t been hard pressed to win at Fontwell and Wincanton and didn’t enjoy the smoothest of passages when fifth in the Grade 2 Sharp NH at Cheltenham in November. Hampered turning for home, he was beaten less than four lengths by Moon Racer. I am reliably informed the champion trainer has backed Movewiththetimes at 33/1 for Skybet Supreme NH at Cheltenham. Therefore, if he heads down the handicap route, take the hint.” 2nd in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (11/2/17) @ 6/1

Quote: “County Hurdle winner SUPERB STORY hasn’t been seen since pulling up in the Galway Hurdle at the end of July. Dan Skelton’s five year old raced wide throughout in Ireland and was never able to get into a good position. Officially rated 145 and seven pounds higher than when providing his trainer with his first Cheltenham Festival winner, the Duke of Marmalade gelding is due to reappear in a £40,000 handicap hurdle at Musselburgh (2.50) on New Year’s Day. Decent ground is ideal for him and the lengthy absence won’t be an issue because he is very good fresh, plus he is a course and distance winner (when trained by Charlie Mann). His homework in recent weeks has been excellent.” WON @ 11/8

FEBRUARY 2018

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FEBRUARY 2017

WINNERS: BRIO CONTI (8/1), BUVEUR D’AIR (1/4, 5/1, 4/9)

Quote: BALLYANDY is trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, who sent out Splash of Ginge to win this as a novice three years ago. A top-class bumper performer (won 4 out of 6), the Kayf Tara gelding won the Cheltenham Festival bumper last March. Things haven’t quite gone to plan over hurdles though this season and the six year old remains a maiden over obstacles. Placed behind Moon Racer at Perth and Cheltenham, he was then stepped up to two and a half miles at Sandown last time. Beaten half a length by subsequent Grade 1 winner Messire Des Obeaux in the Winter NH at the Esher track, he was outstayed after the last. Unbeaten at Newbury and effective on any ground, he will be suited by a strongly run two miles – although it is possible he will be ridden from the front, which has been an advantage in this race during the last few years. On his bumper form and to a lesser degree his hurdles efforts, the handicapper hasn’t overburdened him off a mark of 135. Novices have won 5 of the last 7 renewals.” WON the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury @ 3/1

Quote: BRIO CONTI: “A grey gelding by Dom Alco, he won a bumper at Stratford last spring before falling at the first on his hurdles bow at Kelso in October. He then finished an excellent half length second behind subsequent Grade 2 River Don NH winner Constantine Bay over the fixed brush hurdles at Haydock’s Betfair Chase meeting. Ten lengths clear of the third that day, he almost certainly found the drop in trip at Cheltenham next time against him. The six year old wasn’t disgraced though and still held every chance between the final two flights in a novice event won by Pingshou. Given a break, Brio Conti returned in a two mile three and a half furlongs maiden hurdle at Doncaster at the end of last month and produced a really taking effort. Although a shade keen early on, he was always going strongly for Sean Bowen and, having been produced at the second last, he ran on well to beat Wenyerreadyfreddie by nine lengths. One of his owners, namely John Hales, was interviewed afterwards and he left viewers of ATR in no doubt that the gelding is held in high esteem.” WON at Kempton (18/3/17) @ 8/1

Quote: BUVEUR D’AIR: “I think the race which will really suit him is the Aintree Hurdle – he is a half-brother to Punchestowns and therefore the step up to two and a half miles ought to suit.” WON the Champion Hurdle (5/1) & Aintree Hurdle (4/9)

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL PREVIEW 2018

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The CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2017

5 WINNERS: ALTIOR (1/4), YORKHILL (6/4), LET’S DANCE (Advised @ 6/4), DEFI DU SEUIL (5/2), SIZING JOHN (Advised @ 10/1)

Plus: SINGLEFARMPAYMENT (E/W – 2nd @ Advised 8/1), GOLD PRESENT (E/W – 2nd @ 14/1), BELLSHILL (E/W – 3rd @ Advised 12/1), MONALEE (E/W – 2nd @ Advised @ 9/1), GARDEFORT (EW – 2nd @ Advised 33/1)

Quote: DEFI DU SEUIL has been the star juvenile hurdler on either side of the Irish Sea this winter. A bumper winner in France for Emmanuel Clayeux, he is unbeaten in five races over hurdles for Philip Hobbs and is rated 155. The stable have won this with Made In Japan (2004) and Detroit City (2006) and the fact the Voix Du Nord gelding is already a three times winner at Prestbury Park is a major plus. A nine lengths winner of the Finesse Hurdle at the Trials meeting in late January, he had previously won the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow by thirteen lengths. His jumping that day was indifferent (Barry Geraghty feels he will jump better on a sounder surface) and his best form has been on soft ground. Richard Johnson (2 from 2) is expected to deputise for the sidelined Barry Geraghty. A winner on good and soft ground, he has outstanding claims.” WON the Triumph Hurdle @ 5/2

Quote: SIZING JOHN was placed in both the Supreme NH (2015) and Arkle (2016) and may follow in the hoofprints of previous Gold Cup winners War of Attrition and Kicking King who both ran well in those novice events before capturing steeplechasing’s Blue Riband. The Midnight Legend gelding has chased home Douvan on no less than seven occasions during his career including at Leopardstown over Christmas. That was his first run for Jessica Harrington having been moved from Henry De Bromhead. Since then, he has benefited from avoiding Willie Mullins’ superstar and also stepping up in distance. A two and a quarter lengths winner of the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles (Don Cossack won the same race prior to the Gold Cup) from Sub Lieutenant, he then produced an even better performance next time. Tackling three miles for the first time, he ran on well to beat Empire of Dirt in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown. Another who is very much unexposed over three miles, he isn’t guaranteed to stay another two and a half furlongs but stamina looks his strong suit nowadays.” WON the Cheltenham Gold Cup @ 7/1

Quote: “Jessica Harrington won this with Space Trucker in 1999 and she is set to be represented by ROCK MY WORLD. Third in the race last year off 146, the gelding is only a pound higher this time having run below par on his last three starts. Off the track since October (146 days), he prefers decent ground and has had a wind operation since his last appearance. Expect Robbie Power (2112512372) to be back on board for the first time since last April.” WON the Grand Annual Chase @ 10/1

Quote: “It is seventeen years since Samakaan won the race for Venetia Williams and GARDEFORT was running well in last year’s race until making a mistake at the fourth last and never recovered. A five times winner over fences, he scored by a length and a quarter at Wincanton last time and has only been raised three pounds since. Daryl Jacob (1 from 1) partnered him at the Somerset track and recommended this race immediately afterwards. Suited by ease in the ground, the forecast rain would play to his strengths. He is an interesting outsider.” Advised @ 33/1 – 2nd in the Grand Annual Chase

MY BEST CHANCE AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: GRAHAM WYLIE: YORKHILL (WON @ 6/4)

THE HORSE I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO RIDING AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: DENIS O’REGAN: TULLY EAST (WON @ 8/1)

TALKING TRAINERS: GORDON ELLIOTT: WINNERS: APPLE’S JADE (7/2), LABAIK (25/1)

Quote: APPLE’S JADE: “We are looking forward to running her because she has come on a lot since Punchestown. Better ground will suit her and she is in very good form at home. Bryan (Cooper) is very keen on her chances.” WON @ 7/2

Quote: LABAIK: “He is a horse with a lot of ability. If he jumps off, he is worth a £5 each-way.” WON the Supreme NH @ 25/1

PAUL NICHOLLS

Quote: “Keep an eye out, too, for BRIO CONTI at Kempton on Saturday (18th March): “I would have really fancied him in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle on Friday but he won’t get in. He will therefore run in the consolation race the following day at Kempton. I think he will have a massive chance in that.” WON at Kempton (18/3/17) @ 8/1

The IRISH ANGLE by Declan PHELAN

Quote: “My bet in this race is APPLE’S JADE. A leading juvenile in 2016, finishing runner up in the Triumph prior to coasting to victories at Aintree and Punchestown Festivals. Upon moving to Gordon Elliott, she has maintained that high standard over hurdles (not always the case with five year olds in their second term hurdling). Far from cherry ripe when defeated at Down Royal, she did not enjoy the run of the race in the Fighting Fifth, yet nearly rescued the cause with an impressive late surge, foiled in the end by a nose. For me, the key piece of form on offer is the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse: a proper 2m 4f Grade 1: that afternoon I sided with Vroum Vroum Mag: inside the final two furlongs Apple’s and VV engaged in an epic battle with Apple’s poking her head in front at the loppypop stick. My initial, albeit at the time, biased opinion, was that VVM should have won if Ruby had got involved earlier. Upon reviewing the race many times, I changed my mind and felt that Apple’s took the measure of VVM, and if the race had gone on for another furlong or two, she would not have been passed. That afternoon, on the weight for age scale Apple’s received four pounds, that allowance is now gone, though the aspect of extra physical maturity should compensate. Apple’s then enjoyed a near three month break and returned at Punchestown: the ground was heavier than ideal, Limini pounced on her approaching the last and beat her two lengths. Bryan Cooper merely tapped Apple’s Jade a couple of times with no intensity. After the race she looked to me like a mare that was on a cob-web blowing exercise, and I believe she will strip significantly fitter for the run. As another three times Grade 1 winner, including a Grade 1 at 2m 4f, plus holding an official rating of 151, in this race you will see the real Apple’s Jade in bloom. She will sit close to the pace and when it comes to the crunch that doggedness and no surrender characteristic she demonstrated at Fairyhouse will be in evidence and help her win this prize.” WON @ 7/2

Quote: YORKHILL will be the classic exchange/divided opinion horse of the Festival. There is no denying that he has a massive engine under his bonnet and is one of the top five jumps horses in training; the divisive debate abounds whether the horse can keep his focus and jump cleanly and record a facile win in this race, or will he bring out some bad habits and post a performance littered with minor mistakes. His 2016 Neptune victory was one of the moments of that Festival, especially watching Ruby Walsh taking a pull heading to the last and almost laughing at Yanworth. Forewarned is forearmed and Ruby Walsh knows what to expect with Yorkhill; he has educated him in his two spins over fences: his only track defeat was at Punchestown last April, and he may by then have gone to the well once too often that springtime. This winter he has had a rather easy time and he is currently as fresh as a daisy compared to others in the line-up who have had a rough winter. I would agree with the view that he would be a serious contender for the Champion Hurdle had he been diverted in that direction. What is unusual about this horse is that his family are three milers, including the likes of The Listener and others therein. The speed he shows is almost a freak of nature. I think he wins bar a bad mistake and at 2/1 he is a fair price against less talented rivals.” WON @ 6/4

Quote: “Like most observers I had doubts about SIZING JOHN on the count of stamina before he won the Irish Gold Cup: in hindsight the fact that he had been generally campaigned at the two mile range for much of his career masked the truth that on pedigree three mile trips were a viable alternative: he is the young horse with the most speed in the race, and as of now he is 1 out of 1 in 3 mile Grade 1 chases, and this late vocation to staying chasing could easily take this race by storm.” WON the Cheltenham Gold Cup @ 7/1

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The AINTREE GRAND MEETING 2017

5 WINNERS: DEFI DU SEUIL (4/11), BUVEUR D’AIR (4/9), RATHER BE (Advised @ 16/1 – WON @ 10/1), THE WORLD’S END (3/1), YANWORTH (9/4)

Quote: “Nicky Henderson has won this twice in the last four years (Minella Forfitness (2013) & Theinval (2015)) and, at the time of writing, has seven entries. The one who stands out is the novice RATHER BE, who looks ahead of the handicapper off a mark of 136. Bought for €78,000 and a half-brother to stablemate and smart hurdler Sign of A Victory, he was beaten less than ten lengths in the Cheltenham Festival bumper last season. A winner over jumps at Hereford (Good) and Huntingdon (Good/Soft) in October and December respectively, the six year old failed by a head to concede nine pounds to Alan King’s Coeur De Lion (seventh in the Triumph Hurdle) at Sandown (Heavy). Last time, he was badly hampered and unseated his rider at the second flight in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. Unexposed over the distance (1U), he is well regarded and handles any ground. He ought to be very competitive off his rating.” Advised @ 16/1 WON @ 10/1

Quote: THE WORLD’S END fell in his only Irish point but has won a bumper and three times over hurdles since joining Tom George. Rated 149, the Stowaway gelding has improved since tackling longer trips. A nine lengths winner of a Grade 2 at Haydock (2m 7f) in February, he was still travelling strongly when falling at the penultimate flight in the Albert Bartlett NH at Cheltenham. Unexposed over three miles, he handles any ground and, assuming his fall hasn’t left its mark, he is another very much for the shortlist.” WON the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle @ 3/1

Quote: YANWORTH is rated 163 having won 7 of his 9 races. Despite winning his first three starts this term, Alan King’s seven year old didn’t convince in the Ascot, Christmas or Kingwell Hurdles. A hard fought winner on each occasion, he was a big disappointment in the Champion Hurdle only finishing seventh behind Buveur D’Air. The Norse Dancer gelding looked a stayer when leading close home in his three wins this term and he looks well worth a try over this distance (another who is running beyond 2m 5f for the first time). He finished strongly in the Neptune Investments NH last season and the World Hurdle was mooted as the likely plan until his owner J.P.McManus bought Unowhatimeanharry. The head of Barbury Castle has won this twice with Spendid (2002) and Blazing Bailey (2008).” WON the Liverpool Hurdle @ 9/4

Quote: LALOR: “A five year old by It’s Gino, he finished runner-up on his first two outings at Wincanton before running out a thirteen lengths winner at the same track last month. Always going well under Daryl Jacob, he sauntered clear. His trainer Richard Woollacott stated afterwards: I think Lalor is quite nice because he's a big, weak, unfurnished horse. He might run with a penalty, but wouldn't run on anything quicker than good to soft.” It was rumoured afterwards that champion trainer Paul Nicholls made a six figure bid for the five year old which was rejected. All three of his races have been on soft or heavy ground.” WON the Grade 2 bumper @ 33/1

Quote: DOUBLE W’S was an easy winner of his first two races over fences at Carlisle and Wetherby before possibly finding the ground too slow at Newbury’s Hennessy meeting. Runner-up behind Upsilon Bleu at Doncaster, he didn’t appear to get home in the 2m 4f novices’ handicap chase at Cheltenham last month. Eventually beaten over twenty lengths, he held every chance jumping the second last. A strongly run two miles on drying ground brings out the best in Malcolm Jefferson’s seven year old. He is only four pounds higher than his last win.” WON the Red Rum Chase @ 8/1

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  • Maidens In Waiting – 6 Three Year olds who caught the eye last year
  • Significant Sales – a select group of horses who will be racing for new connections this summer having gone under the hammer.
  • Stable Gossip – the latest news from Sir Michael Stoute’s powerful yard
  • Unraced Three Year Olds – 12 horses who didn’t see a racecourse last year but are expected to make up for lost time this season.
  • Appendix
  • Index

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9 WINNERS: CARAVAGGIO (Advised @ 5/2), LADY AURELIA (2/1), USHERETTE (9/4), PERSUASIVE (11/4), EVEN SONG (Advised @ 9/2), ORDER OF ST GEORGE (Advised @ 11/10), CHURCHILL (8/11), TWILIGHT SON (Advised @ 7/1) & OUTLOOK TRAVELLER (10/1), plus Lightning Spear (Advised @ 25/1 – 3rd), Librisa Breeze (Advised @ 25/1 – 2nd), Mitchum Swagger (Advised @ 33/1 – 3rd), Radiantly (4th @ 20/1) & Queen Kindly (Advised @ 12/1 – 3rd)

Quote: “CARAVAGGIO has looked a class act in both his races winning his maiden at the first time of asking at Dundalk by a length and three quarters. Sent off 1/3 favourite, the son of Scat Daddy beat his stablemate and subsequent winner and Listed placed Lundy. Stepping up in grade, he readily landed the Listed Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh’s Guineas fixture (Yielding/Soft) last month beating six previous winners. Although blessed with a lot of speed, he should have no trouble staying an extra furlong. Aidan O’Brien 2016 renewal.” Advised @ 5/2 WON the Coventry Stakes @ 13/8

Quote: “LADY AURELIA arrives from the US with a very lofty reputation. Wesley Ward has already won this race twice (Jealous Again (2009) and Acapulco (2015)) and this daughter of Scat Daddy was a seven and a half lengths winner on her sole outing at Keeneland (4.5f) in April breaking the course record in the process. Her trainer reported last month: “She’s had two of the most sensational breezes of any horse I have ever brought over. Acapulco had some fantastic breezes but she also had a few foot issues going into the race that she came through and won. Like her, this is also a big, imposing filly – but this particular filly is going into this race spot on. She will run an amazing race and it will take a would-be champion to beat her.” The one concern though would be slow ground.” WON the Queen Mary Stakes by seven lengths @ 2/1

Quote: “USHERETTE is held in the highest regard by Andre Fabre having only suffered one defeat from six races during her career. Seventh of eight in the Prix Rothschild behind Amazing Maria last summer, she has won all three of her races this year. Following wins at Deauville and Chantilly, the Shamardal filly captured the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in early May by a length from Arabian Queen. This has been her target since and, while she has to buck the trend in terms of carrying a penalty to victory, she goes into the race with outstanding claims.” WON the Duke of Cambridge Stakes @ 9/4

Quote: “LIBRISA BREEZE needs six horses to drop out to ensure a run. Previously trained by Jeremy Noseda, he was bought for 90,000gns in October and the Mount Nelson gelding won on his first run for his new connections at Wolverhampton in April. Coming from last to first, he beat Capo Rosso (won since) by a length with subsequent Zetland Gold Cup winner Revolutionist back in fourth. Only raised five pounds, he has only had seven races in his career and, while he has yet to win on turf, he was only beaten a head by the progressive Arthenus at York (1m 1f) last October. Fast ground is an unknown. Best Price: 25/1 (Bet365)” Advised @ 25/1 for the Royal Hunt Cup – 2nd @ 8/1

Quote:“MITCHUM SWAGGER was a most progressive horse last Autumn winning a handicap at Haydock (1m : Soft) off a mark of 87 before finishing second on his next two outings at the same track and a Listed race at Newmarket (beaten a head by Big Baz). Rated 108, he only beat one home on his reappearance in the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester behind Home of The Brave but he almost certainly found seven furlongs in such company too sharp. Given a break since (53 days), he enjoys a strongly run mile and George Baker (1120) will deliver him late. Any ease in the ground is a bonus. Best Price: 33/1 (Betfred)” Advised @ 33/1 for the Royal Hunt Cup – 3rd @ 14/1

Quote:“Champion trainer John Gosden hasn’t won this since Cask prevailed in 1995 but he is expected to run the unbeaten and very progressive PERSUASIVE. The Dark Angel filly won her only race last year at Kempton before winning handicaps this term at Goodwood and Chelmsford off marks of 80 and 87. On each occasion, the grey has displayed a telling turn of foot and an eight pounds rise may not be enough to prevent her making it four wins from as many starts. Her only turf run came on good ground, although her half-brother Amazour won on good to soft.” WON the Sandringham Handicap @ 11/4

Quote: “EVEN SONG is a half-sister to St Leger winner Simple Verse and she was an easy winner of a Leopardstown maiden last backend. Only third in the Pretty Polly Stakes behind Swiss Range and Chicadoro, she would have finished closer had she not encountered traffic problems. The Mastercraftsman filly looks to be crying out for this trip and, having missed the Epsom Oaks, she looks a major contender.” Advised @ 9/2 WON the Ribblesdale Stakes @ 15/8

Quote: “TWILIGHT SON, rather like Magical Memory, was most progressive last term winning a handicap at Newmarket off 83 before going on to win the Group 1 Betfred Sprint at Haydock and then finishing second behind Muhaarer on champions’ day. Indeed, Henry Candy’s colt improved 34lbs during 2015. He left the impression he was in need of the run when a respectable fifth in the Duke of York Stakes last month and should improve plenty as the year goes on. His half-brother Music Master finished fourth in this race twice – his younger sibling has more ability though.” Advised @ 7/1 WON the Diamond Jubilee Stakes @ 7/2

Quote: “OUTBACK TRAVELLER won five times for Jeremy Noseda but hasn’t entered the winners’ enclosure since October 2014 (9 races). Bought by Robert Cowell for 65,0000gns in October, he has raced twice for his new trainer. Having encountered plenty of traffic problems at Haydock in April, he eventually finished seventh (still on the bridle) behind Predominance. He then didn’t appear to get home in the Victoria Cup at Ascot having travelled strongly. It will be the first time he has run over six furlongs since August last year but his form figures over the trip are 4113. A previous course winner, he doesn’t want rattling fast ground – in fact, good or slightly slower is ideal. He has sound claims.” WON the Wokingham Stakes @ 10/1

Plus: GREAT THOUGHTS (15/8 & 7/2), INDULGED (6/4), LOCKHEED (Evens), YANGTZE (10/11 & 4/1)

Quote: “David Simcock sent out 6 winners during May and Luca Cumani’s former assistant will be looking towards three year old fillies’ handicaps for the lightly raced GREAT THOUGHTS. A daughter of Iffraaj out of a Galileo mare, she is from the family of Drill Sergeant and Solder of Fortune and will therefore relish tackling a mile and a half for the first time. Unplaced in two runs last year, she showed promise on her second outing at Newbury. However, she took a step forward on her three year old debut when finishing third in a ten furlongs maiden at Newcastle at the end of last month. Given an educational ride by Freddie Tylicki, she stayed on to take third behind two colts, namely Shraaoh (now rated 91) and Wave Reviews (rated 81). William Haggas likes the runner-up and Great Thoughts was only a length and three quarters behind him. Following her three career starts, the handicapper has allocated her 72, which seems fair, to say the least. While she looks capable of winning over ten furlongs, I expect more improvement over further. Simcock trains his horses to improve with racing and she is unlikely to be any different.” WON twice over twelve furlongs @ 15/8 & 7/2

Quote: “HIGHER POWER: Despite being a five race maiden, I remain convinced he is a good horse who will win a valuable middle distance handicap one day. Slowly away on his reappearance at Haydock in April, he stayed on well to finish second behind Rock Song in a ten furlongs handicap off a mark of 80. Raised three pounds, he then stepped up another furlong at Kempton but had the misfortune to bump into the Hardwicke Stakes bound Almodavar. No match for David Lanigan’s impressive winner, he kept on in the closing stages having allowed the leader plenty of rope. Twelve furlongs ought to be within his stamina range and he is handicapped to win races, especially with his stable engaging top gear in recent weeks.” WON twice @ 7/4 & 11/10

Quote: “HUGE FUTURE (page 121): It remains to be seen whether he lives up to his name but the well bred son of Shamardal is one to watch in a handicap next time off a mark of 85. Slowly away on his belated racecourse debut over a mile at Newmarket last month, he finished an eyecatching fourth behind Star Blaze under Adam Kirby. Stepping up an extra two furlongs at Newcastle on his second start, he confirmed the promise with a ready two lengths success from Gibbs Hill. Kevin Stott enjoyed an armchair ride with his mount ranging upside the runner-up without coming off the bridle. Pushed out to win with plenty in hand, he looks better than a mid-80s horse and has Pattern race aspirations.” WON next time at Newbury off 85 @ 2/1

Quote: “MAZZINI: From the family of July Cup winner Frizzante, he has been bitterly disappointing in three appearances this year. Five lengths third behind Maximian and Foresight (both fourth next time) in a six furlongs maiden at Doncaster in April, he then finished last of eight in a similar contest at Leicester less than three weeks later. Too keen early on, he weakened markedly inside the final furlong – it was too bad to be true, given the fact James Fanshawe had given him entries in the Commonwealth and July Cups. Making his handicap debut off a mark of 73 at Kempton last week, he had a wide draw to contend with and that ultimately cost him dearly. Forced to drop in, he forfeited too much ground to the favourite and front running Papa Luigi and could never land a blow. A running on third, he was still beaten nearly five lengths. I think there is every chance he will be gelded and given plenty of time. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if his patient connections elected to leave him off until next season. He reportedly works like a Group horse but hasn’t reproduced it on the racecourse. Don’t lose faith in him because one day he will reward us with interest.” WON twice @ 2/1 & 15/8

Quote: “Sir Michael Stoute has done very well with middle distance/staying horses owned and bred by Philip Newton. The likes of Hi Calypso (Park Hill Stakes), Warringah, Jedi, Rye House and Evangelist all hail from the same family and the lightly raced YANGTZE is the latest member, who is out of the first named. A three year old gelding by Dansili, he finished fourth on both his starts as a juvenile over a mile at Kempton and Pontefract. Tackling ten furlongs for the first time, he finished fifth on his reappearance at Leicester in April. Beaten around eight lengths, it was a strongly contested maiden with the first three home being Imperial Aviator (won the London Gold Cup since), Ulysees (stablemate and won his maiden by eight lengths next time) and UAE Prince. Given a mark of 71, he made his handicap debut over the same trip at Sandown in May and was a running on third behind the progressive Primitivo (won his last three races). Only beaten a length and a half, he then stepped up to a mile and a half in the Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh earlier this month. In finishing fourth, he produced a career best only three and a half lengths behind William Haggas’ Dal Harraild and has only been raised a pound to a mark of 74. Winning a middle distance three year old handicap ought to be a formality for this well bred gelding. His family all got better with age and distance.” WON twice @ 10/11 & 4/1

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6 WINNERS: IDAHO (5/6), QUEEN KINDLY (Advised @ 8/1), QUEST FOR MORE (9/2), NEMORALIA (15/8), RIVET (15/8), HEARTBREAK CITY (Advised @ 20/1 WON the Ebor @ 15/2)

Quote: “HEARTBREAK CITY won the staying handicap at this meeting last year off 81 (now 103) and was also a twelve lengths winner over a mile and a quarter at Cork in March (heavy ground) off 88. Too keen in the Chester Cup, he wasn’t suited by the steady early gallop either. Tony Martin’s gelding has won twice over hurdles since though winning a maiden hurdle at Tipperary and a handicap at the Galway Festival off 118. He is therefore following a similar pattern to last year ie ran at Galway before running at York. Fast ground would be a concern though. Otherwise he has definite claims. Best Price: 20/1 (Betfred, Boylesports, Skybet, Stan James).” Advised @ 20/1 WON the Betfred Ebor @ 15/2 by four lengths.

Quote: “QUEEN KINDLY is another daughter of Frankel and she is out of the 2009 winner of this race, namely Lady of The Desert. Rated 102, she is a dual winner at Catterick with her sole defeat coming in the Albany Stakes. However, Richard Fahey’s charge ran extremely well considering the ground was too soft and it was only a fortnight after her debut win at the North Yorkshire track. Six furlongs on fast ground promises to be her optimum conditions and this flat track will also play to her strengths too. It would be no surprise to see her emerge the best of those who contested the Albany Stakes in June.” Advised @ 8/1 WON the Lowther Stakes @ 9/2

Quote: “QUEST FOR MORE was another progressive horse last term winning the Northumberland Plate and finishing second in the Goodwood Cup. Not disgraced when ninth in the Melbourne Cup either, he has run respectably this year without managing to get his head in front. Second and third in Listed races at the track over a mile and six, he was sixth last time in the Goodwood Cup having been held up. Fast ground is important to the six year old (Times Up the last winning 6yo in 2012) and he also wants an evenly run race. His course form reads 223 and George Baker gets on well with Roger Charlton’s gelding (41321126). Granted decent ground, he has each-way claims.” WON the Lonsdale Cup @ 9/2

Quote: “NEMORALIA is a high-class filly who was twice placed in Grade 1 company in the US last Autumn, including in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Jeremy Noseda’s filly was very impressive when winning the Listed Michael Seely Memorial Stakes at York in May by six lengths. She was then an excellent second in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on unsuitably slow ground. Fourth in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last time, this will be the first time she has tackled seven furlongs since August last year (form figures over the trip 21). A three year old filly won this race last year (Fadhayyil). The More Than Ready filly appreciates fast ground and certainly isn’t short of speed. Jamie Spencer takes the ride for the first time and will be doing his minimum weight of 8st 6lb, which speaks for itself.” WON the City of York Stakes @ 15/8

Quote: “RIVET is from a family William Haggas knows particularly well having also trained his full-brother Out And About and half-brothers Bilimbi and Martian amongst others. The son of Fastnet Rock, who is entered in the Champagne, Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes, made a most encouraging start to his career when runner-up at Ascot. Fancied to run well beforehand in the six furlongs maiden, he was partnered by Ryan Moore and finished a length and a quarter second behind Eqtiraan. The step up to seven furlongs will suit and the yard are in splendid form (12 juvenile winners in 2016). He should go well.” WON the Convivial Maiden Stakes @ 15/8

Plus: Quote: “As usual Aidan O’Brien has a formidable team of juveniles in 2016 with Group 1 winner Caravaggio spearheading his challenge. I was most impressed with his ‘Glorious’ Goodwood maiden winner RHODODENDRON last month. A beautifully bred daughter of Galileo out of triple Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven, she finished runner-up on her debut at the Curragh in June behind Rehana (third has won since). She confirmed the promise by winning the fillies’ maiden over seven furlongs at the Sussex track last month under Ryan Moore. Leading inside the final furlongs, she was very strong at the finish and won going away by a length and three quarters. Entered in the likes of the Moyglare Stud, Rockfel, Fillies Mile and Cheveley Park Stakes, she will stay at least a mile and looks a genuine Classic contender for next season (top price 20/1 for the 1000 Guineas in 2017).” WON twice @ 11/8 & 5/2 including the Group 1 Fillies Mile. As short as 7/2 for the 1000 Guineas.

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PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE: FOUND (Advised @ 9/1 WON @ 6/1)

Quote: “FOUND endured a nightmare passage in last year’s race before finishing ninth. Only beaten five lengths, she went on to beat Golden Horn in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Aidan O’Brien’s filly was a winner at the Curragh during the spring but has finished second in her last five races. Runner-up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks, she ran a cracker last time when beaten three parts of a length by Almanzor in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The return to twelve furlongs (9122) will suit and she thrives on racing. A dual Group 1 winner, Solemia (2012) and Treve (2014) won this as four year old fillies in recent times. Ryan Moore (122292131222) will hopefully take the ride. While she has ground to make up with Postponed on their meeting at Epsom in June, the Galileo filly tends to come good in the Autumn and it would be no surprise to see her go close. Best Price: 9/1 (Bet365).” Advised @ 9/1 WON @ 6/1

Quote: “BESS OF HARDWICK: Like a number of her stablemates, she was slow to come to hand this year and didn’t make her reappearance until mid summer. A disappointing eighth at Ascot in July, the Dansili filly ran better next time at Salisbury but still only finished fourth behind the progressive Dubka (won again since). However, Luca Cumani’s charge finally showed what she is capable of at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting this month. Contesting a twelve furlongs fillies’ handicap and partnered by Andrea Atzeni for the first time, she ran out an authoritative one and three quarters of a length winner from Kiltara off a mark of 86. Despite edging to her left late on, she always looked in control and a six pounds rise in the ratings may not be enough to prevent her from following up. It is possible her connections will steer her towards a Listed event (see Eyeshine write-up) at some stage during the Autumn and it would be no surprise to see her make an impact. She is one to follow during the remaining weeks of the season, although soft ground is an unknown.” WON a Listed race at Lingfield (27/10/16) @ 9/2

Quote: “INTIMATION: Her performance in the Group 3 Lavarack and Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park last Sunday summed up her season. The Dubawi filly had something to find on figures with an official rating of 90 but belied that with a very good run in third. Chris Hayes’ mount was travelling as well as anything turning for home but she couldn’t match either Duchess Andorra or Laganore inside the final furlong. Beaten less than a length, she appreciated the easy ground and is more than capable of winning something similar before the end of the year.” WON a Listed race at Naas (16/10/16) by four lengths @ 3/1

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