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Updates & Cheltenham Preview

WILLOUGHBY COURT

As most of you would have heard our wonderful Willoughby will not be at The Festival this year. Unfortunately, it’s what you call bad timing. He has an infection in his foot which reared its ugly head over the weekend. It has unfortunately rumbled on for a few more days than we had hoped, and he has missed crucial bits of work that were needed for him to get to Cheltenham in the form we would want him in to be able to do himself justice and to be fair to the horse. Ultimately his wellbeing is the most important thing and you must do what’s best by him. He is so special to us and we don’t doubt that there will be many more Cheltenham's. We can not thank his Owners Paul and Clare Rooney and their racing manager Jason Maguire for their support, the kindness they show their horses makes weeks like this easier.

GLOBAL CITIZEN

Well, well well! That was pretty impressive wasn’t it! If you haven’t seen the Grade 2 Dovecote then please go to our Facebook page it's worth a look.

This lovely Novice turned up to Kempton in good form off the back of a stylish win at Southwell a few weeks previous. The Dovecote had been touted as a race with plenty of depth. Humphrey Bogart a horse that had been 5th in the Derby and Scarlet Dragon who had been placed in Group company headed the charge of the flat horses.

With so much speed in the race we knew it had to be a good gallop start to finish and along with Mont Des Avaloirs the two led the field at a good pace. By the third flight he had jumped himself to the front and as he went through the gears it really was fantastic to watch this classy individual to win the race in such ease.

We are very lucky to have such an exciting new recruit and a big thank you to The Megsons for sending us such talented and exciting prospect.

All being well he heads to Aintree for the Grade 1 Top Novices and we can’t wait to see him back on the track.

CHELTENHAM

Despite our main man not being amongst the squad this year, we have our biggest contingent heading to the festival, with some exciting chances Amongst them. Here is a little bit about each intended runner.

GOWITHTHEFLOW
Grade 1 Albert Bartlett and Ballymore

With entries in both Grade 1 novice hurdles this lovely horse is likely to go to the Albert Bartlett on the Friday of The Festival.
This smart recruit from the Irish Point to Point Field has shown some impressive form this winter and heads to The Festival off a back of a win up at Doncaster after beating the Grade 2 runner-up Paisley Park. He has some great form against the Nicky Henderson trained Mr Whipped and he heads there in good form we don’t doubt this honest horse will give his all on the day.

NESTOR PARK
Grade 1 Champion Bumper

He is quite simply a gorgeous horse who has shone bright this season and if the ground is soft will take up his place in the Champion Bumper. He won impressively at Ascot after a ding dong up the home straight with Portrush Ted he then was beaten a few lengths in what has been described as the hottest bumper of the year at Newbury in the Listed Contest. He has come out of that race superbly.

MARKOV
Ultima and The Close Brothers

MARKOV's form has been nothing shy of spectacular this year and it has been a pleasure to watch this horse mature into the class animal we had always hoped he was.

Unbeaten until he sadly tipped up at Haydock last time out he goes to the festival in good order. We have our fingers crossed that he gets into The Close Brothers but this might be unlikely so if he doesn’t make the cut for that he will go for the Ultima.

KILDISART - RED INDIAN - LE BREUIL
All entered in - Coral and Martin Pipe

These three horses will all head to Cheltenham after impressing this season in big Handicaps. The Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned Novice Kildisart has shown fantastic form against the Handicappers and whichever route he takes this classy individual has bags of talent.

LE BREUIL a horse that we have always believed could be a graded horse and to be honest we hope he shows this as his season has been a bit chequered. He is great fettle and we hope that he shows what a classy individual we know he is. He is also in the Pertemps handicap hurdle which we will have to give some serious thought.

RED INDIAN has had a cracking season and the form of the Lanzarote has been phenomenal. If it comes up soft watch out he could be a serious contender in whichever race he heads to.

OISTRAKH LE NOIR
Fred Winter

This lovely French recruit has had two runs for us, he was second on his debut at Ascot and went onto win impressively at Market Rasen. He was given a mark of 128 after that day but has been dropped 4 pounds in his box subsequently so we have everything crossed that he will creep into the bottom of the Fred Winter. 

A HARE BREATH
County Hurdle

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter this lovely horse is better off fresh. He has been seen on the course once and won a Listed hurdle at Sandown back in November, that day he showed the class he has. He heads to The Festival with as good a preparation as we could have hoped for and work fabulously at Kempton on Tuesday.

DELIRE D'ESTRUVAL
Martin Pipe

This smart hurdler has had a great campaign this season, he is two from four with a Listed win under his belt. He heads to Cheltenham after an impressive win at Towcester, asserting his authority on good bunch of Novice Hurdlers.
 
So fingers crossed and let’s hope for a good week.

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