We take Little Aub to Wolverhampton’s tapeta surface for the first time this evening; drawn out wide on this his first run in a handicap off a mark that, as has been touched on before, one or two people might think is less than generous; it would probably be true to say that it is difficult to know how competitive he will be this evening against several unexposed and probably improving people and we will look to him to improve from what he achieves this evening.
We have Mette, Mistry and Shufoog engaged at Wolverhampton on Friday evening although the ballot will pay a part in the plans for the first two.
We should be very pleased to welcome people to our Open Morning at Rowdown this coming Sunday; to be in the Yard for 0930 or just after with the horses pulling out of Rowdown at 1000; if you were looking to come just drop Mark an email to the address at the head of the page.
All three of the J P runners in the final three races at Cheltenham ran reasonably before finding the hill from turning in on the very testing ground too much, something that seemed to apply particularly to No Comment who moved progressively into the race coming down the hill.
Day Two sees the clash between Altior and Douvan with Min providing huge interest; the immediately following race is the Cross Country Chase, which is another of those races that is dear to J P McManus’ heart and for some this race is one of the real highlights of the Meeting. Today sees last year’s winner and subsequently Grand National second, Cause of Causes, take on the 2016 Aintree National second, The Last Samuri. The Last Samuri has not run in a cross country race before (although he has schooled round the Cheltenham course) so quite a bit will hinge on how he handles the banks and turns; a repeat of what he achieved last year might see Cause of Causes very hard to beat.