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A Double at Kempton

Even though the horses have had an easier January they are still in fantastic form. Last week Paddy’s Field ran really well at Market Rasen to produce a gutsy performance to win a novice hurdle. He is a horse that we have always liked and it was good to see him get a win after he fell last time out at Uttoxeter. Even though he won over 2m 2f I think he will want further next time out.

Yesterday we had a double at Kempton with Local Show and A Hare Breath. Local Show put up an incredible display of jumping and kept stretching his rival OnenightinVienna (rated 151) to win by a head. They drew 98 lengths clear of the third horse which goes to show what an honest gallop they made it for a four runner novice chase. Looking ahead we gave him an entry in the 4 mile Amateur race at the festival and the RSA, like our other lovely novice chaser; Drumacoo.

A Hare Breath destroyed his rivals despite having a 7 lb penalty over all the other runners. He seemed to travel effortlessly and was left in front five out, he kept extending his lead over his rivals and encountered no other challengers. He nodded on landing after the second last which was probably as he over jumped it but went on to win by 10 lengths, which was exactly what we were hoping for before he turns up to the festival in March. After yesterday’s performance we will stick to 2 miles with ‘Harry’ as he has plenty of speed and will hopefully appreciate better ground that will be with us (hopefully!) come the festival. A race that might suit him will be the County Hurdle but he may get an entry in the Supreme novices hurdle as well in case it cuts up.

It is an exciting time for us now with only 6 weeks to go, we will put the likes of Local Show and A Hare Breath away now and they will be spot on in time for Cheltenham!

In regards to Barters Hill this week, he has entries at both Cheltenham in the Neptune Trial and Doncaster in the Albert Bartlett trial on Saturday.

Treaty Girl and Newton Thistle run at Warwick on Thursday and we should have 3 runners at Doncaster on Friday as well. Lets hope this delightful weather leaves us alone soon and we can get some more runners out!

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