The weather has been playing havoc with us all which certainly isn’t ideal at this time of year because you get a lot of horses missing their intended starting points. It can be very frustrating for owners and everyone else involved, but one thing we can’t control is the weather writes HARRY SKELTON.
It was a shame to lose Wetherby on Friday but hopefully Saturday gets the go ahead as Charlie Hall Day is always great. I’d also like say a massive thank you to all the stable staff. It can be pretty hard work and tough on the mind in these conditions, but they’re all doing a fantastic job.
I’m riding at Wetherby but have also previewed the stable’s runners at Ascot ….
WETHERBY ⚠️ inspect 7am
CHERIE D’AM – 12:40pm 6 Horses Challenge At bet365 Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 3) 2m 3f 154y ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
is a mare I really like. She looked to be a good stayer when she won her bumper at Uttoxeter in April and I think the trip and ground will suit her really well. I’m hopeful of a good run from her.
MOUNT TEMPEST – 1:15pm Bet Boost At bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m 3f 85y ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
He takes his chance in this two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase and he’ll absolutely love the ground. This sort of race fits in quite nicely, although we’re a bit in between trips at the moment – two or two-and-a-half. Mount Tempest
(pictured below) does have a run under his belt when finishing second to a highly regarded horse of Paul Nicholls’ at Newton Abbot. That should stand him in good stead. He seems well at home.
KATEIRA – 1:50pm bet365 Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 2m ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
This is a lovely starting point for Kateira
– two miles at a nice big, galloping track. She’s been in great form at home and there’s plenty still to come from her. She looks really well and all roads leads to the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles at the Festival. I think that’s probably her trip, but this is a great place to start. Obviously You Wear It Well and Luccia are two classy mares, so it’s a strong race but Kateira is always a mare we’ve really liked.
MIDNIGHT RIVER – 3:00pm bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 3m ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
A small yet select field in the Charlie Hall. Ahoy Senor is a very good horse on his day, while Bravemansgame should take all the beating. We’re stepping up to this company for the first time with Midnight River
(pictured with me below). He had a great season last year, but it’s a nice starting point and three miles is definitely what he wants now. He’s done a good bit of work at home but we’ve still left a little in the tank. He’ll probably go for the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury after this, but we’re looking forward to getting him going.
FRERE D’ARMES – 2:05pm Byrne Group Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 2m 1f ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
We’ve had this race in mind for Frere A’Armes
for quite a while. He’s done loads of work and he started off last season quite nicely, winning at Kempton and then at Newbury. He picked up a little niggling injury after Newbury which meant he had to have a bit of time off after that. Things didn’t go right for him up at Ayr, he never got into a rhythm. He wouldn’t want the ground too heavy, but the race is worth a lot of money and we’ll have a good go. He’s a horse I think is still in front of the handicapper and if he handles the ground he should run very well.
KNICKERBOCKERGLORY & FAIVOIR – 3:15pm Seat Unique Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 1m 7f 152y ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
was a fine second in the Imperial Cup in March after starting the season over fences. It was heavy that day, so he’ll love the ground at Ascot and I think he has a good chance. Faivoir
won the County Hurdle for us in March and he actually ran all right at Ffos Las on his reappearance. Off his current mark, he’s probably a little too high, but he’s in good form at home and we’ll see how we get on. He’s been a great servant and he often pops up on a big occasion.
FLEGMATIK – 3:45pm Sodexo Live! Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race) (Class 1) ⭐ STAR PRICES ⭐
ran well here first time out last year when finishing third. We’ve done as much as we can with him at home, but he is a big, burly type of horse. Win, lose or draw, I just think he could come on for the run a bit, but that said, he has done plenty of work and he has acted rounded this track before. He seems pretty versatile when it comes to ground.
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