20th October 2017

Top class racing is coming thick and fast

Top class jump racing is coming thick and fast and racegoers are in for a treat this Tuesday at Exeter with some terrific entries. Richard Woollacott’s Lalor, who won Aintree’s Grade 2 bumper in April, could make his debut over hurdles while grade one winning hurdler Yanworth is set to face his first start over fences in the 188Bet Best Mate Beginners Chase. Future big race winners could well emerge from the meeting. It’s definitely one for the notebook.

Chepstow played centre stage last weekend with plenty of noteworthy winners. The grade one winning Finian’s Oscar made a hugely impressive debut over fences. It was a nice win for Bryan Cooper who’s a good friend and had been staying with me a bit recently now he’s based in the UK. And Finian’s Oscar is a previous winner at Exeter, which just goes to show quality that comes to the Devon track.

There was high expectation on Vision des Ffos who cost 270,000 Euros and although he was beaten I don’t doubt we’ll see more from him.

Paul Nicholls had a great meeting with four wins. He looks to be strong in the novice division for the season ahead.

There’s a good card at Wincanton today, which kicks off its new season. I’m on Jeremy Scott’s Guerrilla Tactics in the 3m1f novices’ handicap chase. He won last time out at Warwick.

Tomorrow night there’s a fundraising event organised by Scotts – the Laura Scott Charity Dinner in aid of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and Odstock Spinal Unit. Laura had a nasty fall earlier this year, which resulted in several weeks at Salisbury Hospital, and then rehabilitation at Lambourn. She’s recovering really well thanks to the IJF and Odstock, and the evening, which is hosted by Johnson White and will be attended by Sir AP McCoy, Alice Plunkett and Luke Harvey, will raise funds for these two charities. There are some fantastic lots in the auction which people can bid for even if they don’t attend – including a stay at the multi-award winning Bayards Cove Inn in Dartmouth, a stay at the Thurlestone Hotel, a meal in the Exeter’s Desert Orchid Restaurant on a raceday, tickets to Cheltenham, an artists commission by Jean Villiers, a week’s stay in the South of France plus many more. Call Jerey Scott to bit. To donate take a look at  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/laura-scott-charity-dinner

Tomorrow there are jump meetings at Stratford, Market Rasen and Food Las while all eyes will be on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot where the flat season concludes. Four group one races is really something to savour. It’s a huge and the only thing that might just mar it is the rotten weather forecast this weekend.

I’m looking forward to the rematches between Big Orange and Order Of St George II after their epic battle in the Gold Cup and the two sprinting sensations Harry Angel and Caravaggio.