Newbury, Thursday 9th November

Today we travel to our local track Newbury to run 6 horses. I wish all of their connections the very best of luck.
First up in the conditional riders race at 12.05pm is Brentford Hope, ridden by Alice Stevens. Alice rides out regularly for me and is a talented rider so I’m pleased to be supporting her now she has turned conditional.

Brentford Hope won his two Novice Hurdles for me last season before disappointing in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock on ground that we felt, on the day went too quick for him. He is in good form and has trained well but needs to show he is up for it in the hustle and bustle of a Handicap. I have no doubt at all he is good enough to run very well in this competitive contest.
Our second runner on the card at 12.40pm is Joker De Mai, who will be ridden by his owner David Maxwell. David is a great man and has been a big supporter of mine since I started, so I am grateful to him for sending me a couple of lovely horses for this season.
Joker is twice a winner over fences in France, so we are looking to utilise his novice status this season over hurdles before going chasing next year. He is a lovely horse who I hope runs well, but I believe he will improve for this run.
Up next in the Novices’ Handicap Chase at 1.15pm is Scrum Diddly, who is a new horse to me this season having joined from Oliver’s. Scrum Diddly won two uncompetitive races in the spring by wide margins and is now considerably higher in the weights than he was.
This will make life harder for him but in this warm looking Novice Chase I am hoping for a good solid round of jumping that will give us a nice platform to build on for the remainder of the season. His schooling has been fine at home so I’m hoping he can bring that to the track. The drier the ground the better for him.
Bella Civena who won for me last season is next in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at 1.50pm. Bella, whilst a lovely mare looks to face a tough task carrying a penalty after winning a Junior Hurdle last season. That win however came as no surprise and I believe she will run well, but a five pound penalty up against some potentially very smart mares could well prove to be an impossible task. I really hope I’m wrong.
Young Butler, a new recruit to the yard this season purchased by my Bloodstock Agent Ed Bailey goes next in the Handicap Hurdle at 2.25pm. He has a light weight in a competitive looking pertemps qualifier but he is really fit and seems to be in great shape. Obviously I don’t know him that well and this is his first run for me but I’m hoping that a change of scenery and new routine might spark him into action. He is certainly capable of running a nice race.
The last of my runners is a beautiful four year old gelding by Diamond Boy called Pure Carbon, who runs in the first division of the bumper at 3.35pm. Oliver bought him from the Derby Sale in the summer of 22 and he joined me this August. Pure Carbon is a really lovely horse who I think can shape into a smashing Novice Hurdler next season.

To that end this year is all about education and whilst he is fit and will absolutely be trying his best today, I hope that this is the start of a long career for him so Paul will no doubt give him an education, teach him plenty and hopefully he can show plenty of promise.

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