Back to jumps action today with the first day of Newbury’s excellent Winter Festival, which culminates with the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday.
Thursday 29th November
Newbury 2.05 WIN
If she can harness, or even erase, his quirks, trainer Emma Lavelle has a serious horse on her hands in this six-year-old gelded son of crack sire, Flemensfirth. After a promising start in novice hurdles last term, his wayward tendencies came to the fore. But fences on ground with plenty of juice in it were always going to be his game -- and how he proved it with a sparkling chasing bow at Towcester earlier this month. On one of the stiffest tracks in the country, he bounced through the race with terrific enthusiasm and found more up the steep home straight to draw clear in the style of a potential top-notcher. Let’s hope that, unlike last term, he can go on from this. We find out today as he steps up in class against a bunch of more-than-useful rivals.
WEDNESDAY: COMMUNICATOR 4TH
TUESDAY: SIRE DE GRUGY WON
MONDAY: THE DRUIDS NEWPHEW 3RD
TIP OF THE DAY SUPPLIED BY SCOOP RACING (RICHARD SILVERWOOD).