Newbury, Doncaster and Kelso, Saturday 2nd March

Today we head to three racecourses with seven runners,  Kelso, Doncaster and Newbury.

At Kelso we run MOJO EGO in the Juvenile Hurdle at 4.35pm who won at Doncaster in the Autumn. Daryl Jacob rides. He’s very ground dependent hence we’re travelling up north with him. The drier the ground the better he will be. This looks a competitive but open race, with no stand out horse in it I don’t think. If he shows his best then he can compete, obviously his 6lb penalty doesn’t help him but I’m hoping his experience will tell.

At Doncaster we run BELLA CIVENA in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 4.15pm, Alice Stevens rides. She’s a mare I really fancy today. It’s a warm little race but I think she can run really well. I didn’t have her at her best the other side of Christmas but I’m sure she’s in good form now and she’s ready to run a really good race. 

At our local track Newbury we saddle five runners, with Paul O’Brien aboard four.

First up is SIR PSYCHO in the Greatwood Gold Cup at 1.55pm. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be running for a lot of prize money. He tipped up at the first last time out which was nobody’s fault which was frustrating. Two and a half miles around here on heavy ground will take a bit of getting but hopefully he jumps well, finds a bit of rhythm and at his best he’s extremely capable of running a good race. 

MOUNTAIN PASS is next in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at 2.25pm. I’ve been waiting for better ground but it doesn’t seem like it’s coming anytime soon. He’s in excellent form, I’ve been really pleased with his training. He’ll need to take a good step forward from his Novice Hurdle form however he is only a young horse and I’d like to think he’s open to some improvement as he matures. I would be shocked if he didn’t need the experience of a Handicap in his first try.

We then run BRENTFORD HOPE and SHARED in the Handicap Hurdle at 3pm. Shared has had a long time off the track but we need to get him back started. He’s as fit as I can possibly get him at home. The test of stamina will definitely suit him. Harry Cobden is aboard.

Brentford Hope was in fantastic form ahead of Newbury two weeks ago for the Betfair Hurdle before unfortunately having puss in his foot on the morning of. He’s absolutely fine now, he’s working very well and we’re really hopeful of a very big run on a track he loves. Both of these horses are both absolutely trying their best and running on their merit.

Our last runner at Newbury is JASMINE BLISS in the Mares’ Bumper at 4.40pm. She’s a mare I’m really fond of. The track will suit her, she should cope with the ground. It’s obvsuly difficult carrying a penalty but I’d like to think she can run a really competitive race.  

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