This afternoon we take Shufoog to Chepstow for their two Mile Novice Hurdle; she is a Mare who should have a future in Handicap Hurdles on some slightly better ground (and as I have touched on before she has run better on both her hurdle starts than her finishing position might suggest) and she will be eligible for a mark after today; we are looking for her to continue her quiet progression towards this this pm.
Rainbow Jazz at Windsor on Monday and Bird for Life at her favourite Kempton on Wednesday make up our engagements for next week.
The Grand National will be run on what will be some terribly heavy ground; this will make life harder than ever for the guys at the top of the market and carrying more than eleven stone; notwithstanding this the Cheltenham Gold Cup third, Anibale Fly, goes perfectly well on this kind of surface and travelled terribly well into the Gold Cup on the second circuit and ought to be on a short list. There is another soft ground, class, person from Ireland whose season has been geared to be at his best today, the Galway Plate and the Leopardstown and Punchestown Gold Cup winner, Carlingford Lough under J P McManus' retained Irish Jockey. Mark Walsh; it would be true to say that over the last 25 years (mainly since the conditions and jumping infrastructure of the race has evolved forward) twelve year olds have not got a particuarly great record in the race but that is reflected in the 66/1 or thereabouts prices available not to mention the prospect of bigger prices still on the exchanges; the two of them might be the each way bets.