Monthly Archives: October 2011

Two to follow…….

With the National Hunt scene now cranked up to close to warp speed (expect that transition to happen somewhere before the start of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby!) I’m fully immersing myself in the day to day jumping action. Plenty of things have been catching my eye, none more so than potential horses and…

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NTF 3 from the weekend…..

Some top class National Hunt racing now in the form book from this weekend past. Here are 3 that particularly caught my attention – LAST INSTALMENT – Philip Fenton (Sunday 450 Galway – 2m6f Beginners Chase – 1st) An extremely polished performance on his chasing debut and jumped immaculately under seriously testing conditions. Described last…

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Take a fitness test before putting your money down…..

Fitness = The capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort In racehorse terms some are able to produce the above better than others on their seasonal debut (or first run back after a break) whereas some will need a run or two on the track to blow…

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Who needs Ruby!

OK, that’s a hugely over the top comment from myself! Mr Walsh oozes class when on-board most racehorses and its no secret that when teaming up with the Champion trainer Paul Nicholls the 2 are a fearsome combination. However, Ruby is not always available when Paul Nicholls needs him (injury has been the main problem…

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James Ewart stable tour: Part II & In-running pointers

If you haven’t yet read Part I of my exclusive report on my visit to the James Ewart yard then make sure you do soon. Some interesting comments as well including 1 from the breeder of AZERTYUIOP’s half brother THORLAK. Today I’m going to dig a bit deeper into Ewart’s squad of horses and take…

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NTF Yard Visit – James Ewart

“No Bullsh!t Ben, I want a squad of horses to be able to go down south with and take on the big boys! This is the best bunch of horses we have ever had and we are not scared to test them against the big yards from the south!” Wow! If James Ewart’s horses have…

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Handicapping the Field…..

What do I look for in a Handicap Chase? On the handicap ratings front its 1 of 2 things – A horse that is on the up/progressing Or A horse that is below or right on the ceiling of its abilities As I have written before about this on the Blog and I am a…

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