JUMPS STABLE TOURS STABLE TOUR EXTRA —2021–2022
9g Midnight Legend – Calamintha
RPR 140c 133h OR 136c 118
I was very pleased when he was second to Shady Operator at Punchestown. He did well in handicaps in the first half of the year, but you never know exactly how they’re going to adapt to the cross-country. I think he’s going to be good at it. It was the experience of the winner that made the difference, and he did well for the first attempt. I feel I’m in a good position with the two of them, and we’ll give him a taste of Cheltenham before going there in March.
8g Court Cave-Native Artist
RPR 149c 132h OR 136c 133h
He’s taken really well to the cross-country course at Punchestown and we’ve been lucky to have Derek O’Connor for his two wins there. You can’t beat experience and that was probably a big factor when he beat our other runner Midnight Maestro recently. We’ll take him to Cheltenham next month and then he’ll head for the PP Hogan back at Punchestown in February, which he won last season, before going to the festival.
Choice Of Words
6m Yeats – Douryna
Mrs Bernardine Mulryan & Mrs Paul Shanahan
She won nicely at Galway last month [over an extended two miles] and she could go to Punchestown on John Durkan Chase day [December 5] for the Listed Voler La Vedette Mares Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. She was progressive in her bumpers and hopefully she’ll be able to keep doing the same thing over hurdles. I wouldn’t be worried about her stepping up in trip.
7g Yeats – Moscow Madame
Sean & Bernardine Mulryan
RPR 148c 147h OR 144c 145h
We’re waiting for soft ground at the moment. He got a bit of a cut when he won at Punchestown on his last start but was fine when we left him off for a break and came back well. We’ve given him an entry for the Grade B Bective Stud Handicap Hurdle over three miles at Navan on December 4 and he could go back over fences after that. He’s still only seven and has won a point-to-point, bumper, maiden hurdle and beginners’ chase, as well as being placed in two Grade 1s. We’re looking forward to him.
5g Mahler – On Galley Head
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
He probably would have started off in a point-to-point last season, only that they weren’t taking place at the time he was ready to run. As it turned out, he went into bumpers and probably showed himself in an even better light than he might have done in a point-to-point. He’s definitely a horse to look forward to and, touch wood, his schooling has gone well. He’s still a few weeks off being ready to run but it’s a case of so far so good. We’ll look to start off somewhere low key and hopefully end up somewhere a bit more high profile later in the season. You’d be hoping to have a Gold Cup horse some day and I’d imagine we’ll be thinking about longer trips rather than shorter ones this season.
5g Jet Away – Cool Trix
He ran in four bumpers, including at the Cheltenham Festival, for his previous connections and was going to start out for us over hurdles at Hexham last week, but we’ve waited for some softer ground. He’s a lovely horse and we’re very hopeful about him. He works very well and we think a fair bit of him. He could run at Newcastle on Saturday.
5g Born To Sea – Scotch Bonnet
RPR 133h OR 132h
He was going really well when he made a bad mistake in the Greatwood Hurdle, which Paddy [Brennan] felt cost him. You can’t make mistakes in races like that and he probably found the ground quick enough. We’re going to give him a break and maybe bring him back for the County Hurdle. He’s capable of winning a nice prize on softer ground and he does run well fresh.
9g Black Sam Bellamy – My Adventure
Julie & Phil Martin
RPR 153c 123h OR 144c 122h
He’s grand after his return at Bangor and he always needs a couple of runs. He wants a stiffer test, he’s really well in himself and might go to Newcastle for the Rehearsal Chase on Saturday if the ground is soft enough. The Welsh National could be an aim, but there are plenty of staying chases for him and we might even try to win the Eider Chase again.
11g Fair Mix – Northwood May
RPR 147c 147h OR 138c 137h
He ran a hell of a race when second in a veterans’ chase at Warwick last week and we’ll aim him at the final of the series at Sandown on January 8. He still has a touch of class and I’m adamant there’s a nice race in him. He only just missed out on getting in the National last season, so we could look at that again, while the Scottish National and bet365 Gold Cup could be other possible spring targets.
6g Excelebration – Darsan
Premier Plastering (UK) Limited
RPR 144h, 139c OR 141c 141h
He’s contested two good-quality novice chases around Warwick and near enough ran to his mark when third last week. We may have to pick and choose our races as he likes to dominate and has to go left-handed. We’ll probably keep him in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Monday and see if it cuts up, while there is a novice chase at Plumpton on December 13 that could suit. He owes us nothing after a great last season.
7g Passing Glance – It Doesn’t Matter
Millers Bank Partnership
RPR 146c 154h OR 153c 153h
I was delighted with his chasing debut at Huntingdon – he didn’t put a foot wrong and was clever in his jumping. He’s the best we’ve had and all being well he’ll run in the Berkshire Novices’ Chase at Newbury on Friday. If all goes to plan we will look at the Noel at Ascot before Christmas, then hopefully work back from the Marsh or Brown Advisory at Cheltenham. He handles winter ground but better ground is ideal for him.
3g Sir Percy – Shadow Dancing
Four Candles Partnership
RPR 114h OR 128h
He’s improving all the time and I was really pleased with his Cheltenham win at the November meeting. I don’t know that he won’t go on proper winter ground, but I don’t feel the need to face him with it, so he’ll go for the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster on December 11, then have a winter break. He’ll have an entry in the Triumph and Fred Winter and he’s a really hardy three-year-old. He’s very comparable with my best juveniles in the past at this early stage in his career.
3g Protectionist – Lomitas Dream
Four Candles Partnership
He was third on his debut at Huntingdon, then won well at Aintree. He’s very talented and will run in the Listed bumper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. He’s a really nice prospect for the future and his run at Cheltenham will inform us as to whether we target a top bumper or get him some experience over hurdles. He’s already schooled well.
6g Stimulation – Choral Singer
Pegasus Bloodstock & A Harrison
RPR 135h OR 134h
It’s a shame we missed a season with him as unfortunately he struck into himself when he won at Cheltenham’s November meeting last year, but he’s as good as I’ve had in a long time – if not ever. He’s a proper horse. We’re chipping away slowly with him and, if all goes well, he might be running by February at the earliest. He’s still young and he’s very good. He has a great, big build and he was always a chaser in the making, but if we don’t get him back until the spring he’ll probably stay over hurdles for the remainder of this season.
Back On The Lash
7g Malinas – Giovanna
RPR 143c 129h OR 141c 132h
I was delighted with him winning the cross-country race at Cheltenham’s November meeting on his first start over the fences. He’s only seven and a novice chaser, but we took him schooling there a couple of times and he was a natural. He stayed the trip well and he’ll run in another cross-country handicap at the December meeting. We’re likely to enter him in the Cross Country, Brown Advisory and the National Hunt Chase at the festival. It’s level weights in the Cross Country in March but I’m hopeful he can keep on improving.
5g Getaway – Artic Vic
RPR 116h OR 117h
The trip was too short for him at Cheltenham this month and Sean [Bowen] had half given up on him going over the last, then he flew home up the hill and was beaten only about four lengths. The form from his previous two runs has been franked and he’s a nice novice hurdler. He’s crying out for a step up in trip and he’ll be quite hard to beat when he does, so I might just go somewhere small with him and hopefully get his head in front, then look for something bigger. He’ll be a lovely chaser and jumps his hurdles like fences – he has loads of scope – but I’m sure we can win a few over hurdles first this season.
8g Witness Box – Queen’s Exit
RPR 137c 136h OR 136c 132h
He’s going the right way and his form is working out amazingly. He had terrible luck in running on his return at Newton Abbot but won next time at Chepstow. We’ve always thought a lot of him and he has a big engine. He’s taken well to chasing and his jumping was fantastic at Chepstow. He’ll probably run in the two-and-a-half-mile novice chase at Cheltenham on December 11 next.
6g Tirwanako – Irise De Gene
Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford
RPR 141h OR 140h
He has summered well and I’m sure he’ll be better for a fence. He’s a fine horse, built for chasing and has schooled nicely. He’ll run when the rain comes and I’d like to think he could be a top-level novice chaser in the height of winter. The Scilly Isles at Sandown would be the dream.
Glory And Fortune
6g Fame And Glory – Night Heron
RPR 143h 134c OR 142h 127c
I didn’t think he ran too bad in the Greatwood Hurdle and I’m not sure he handles the undulations at Cheltenham. He’s better than that and he’s having a little break now. We’ll look to run him through late spring and we may have another pop at the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
9g Flemensfirth – Mandys Native
John P McManus
RPR 160c 138h OR 150c 148h
He has an entry in the Becher Chase, in which he’s finished second in the last two runnings, and the Welsh National. He’s another that needs rain and we’d like to get him out a bit more often this season. The Eider and Classic Chase, which he won in 2020, are other races potentially on the agenda.
6g Stowaway – A Plus Ma Puce
Jerry Hinds & Ashley Head
RPR 153c 142h OR 149c 142h
I was delighted with him at Chepstow at a meeting he does well at, and he’s entered in the Berkshire Novices’ Chase and John Francome Novices’ Chase at Newbury this week. He’s definitely not a deep winter-ground horse and we’ve purposely not overraced him. He’s not the best of travellers and races take a lot out of him. We’ll be looking to have a go at the spring festivals, potentially the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham.
De Rasher Counter
9g Yeats – Dedrunkmunky
Makin’ Bacon Partnership
RPR 161c OR 155c
He’s back in and cantering and our long-term target is the National. We’re working back from there and he’s unlikely to be seen out until some time in January but he’s in great order. It was a shame to have missed last season but he’s the right kind of horse for the National, he jumps and travels well and has a bit of quality. He’d certainly be the most exciting horse we’ve had for the race.
7g Califet – Matasurf
Dominic Burke & Tim Syder
RPR 142c OR 134c
He’s absolutely fine after Bangor and it was a bit gutting as he was travelling great and had jumped beautifully to that point. We’ll probably look at the Welsh National trial at Chepstow on Saturday week next. He’s going to have to go up a little in the weights to get a run in the Welsh National.
9g Oscar – Presenting Shares
RPR 172h OR 161h
He had a great time when having a spin around Newbury the other day and he just takes a lot of work nowadays. He had a nice blow and we’ll head back there for the Long Distance Hurdle on Friday. He’s an amazing horse, a character, and he feels every bit as good as he ever has at home, so hopefully he will bring that to the track and the cheekpieces will make Aidan’s [Coleman] job a bit easier. If all goes well he will go the route he has always gone through the season.
4g Leading Light – Princess Leya
He’s a lovely horse and was just a bit of a baby still when second on his first start for us at Cheltenham, with the form franked by the winner Bonttay. The aim is to run him in the Listed bumper at Ascot on December 17 and that will tell us whether he’s good enough for some of the championship races later in the season. He’s in no way flashy at home – he just gets on with the job – but he has plenty of ability. He’s a smasher and hopefully he’ll make up into a decent horse.
9g Curtain Time – Gaye Future
Miss S Mangan
RPR 149c 120h OR 146c 113h
The Grand National is the target. There’s no point in running him in handicaps on winter ground in Ireland, so we’ll stick with the plan of running him in the cross-country races at Cheltenham. It was a pity he had a bit of a mishap there recently, but no damage was done. He’ll probably go back there in December, and then we’ll aim to run him at the festival before heading to Aintree. The gap between the two races should be just right for him.
Editeur Du Gite
7g Saddex – Malaga De St Sulpice
The Preston Family, Friends & T Jacobs
RPR 150c OR 147c
He’s come out of his Cheltenham win pretty good and I couldn’t be more pleased with him. He’s always looked like a good horse, he cost a lot of money, and he has a fair amount of ability. There aren’t too many races for him with his mark now and we might give it a shot at one of the big two-mile chases. The Clarence House and Game Spirit can come on top of each other and I wonder whether we should have a go at the latter. I didn’t think it was a particularly strong race at Cheltenham, but he’s progressing all the time.
5g Authorized – Hyde
RPR 165h OR 157h
I was delighted with his run on good ground that wasn’t very suitable for him at Ascot on Saturday. He’d been working as good as ever going into the weekend and he’s sure to have benefited from the run. It’s hard to say whether he stays that trip or not, but you couldn’t definitively say he doesn’t given it was his first run back, and he won over a mile and six on the Flat as a three-year-old. I’m certain he can go only right-handed and we’ll see how he progresses through the season. The Christmas Hurdle will be his next target at Kempton on Boxing Day, provided the ground is to his liking, then we’ll definitely go back to Wincanton if conditions suit for the Kingwell Hurdle, which he won last season. He’s so much better when the ground is softer. That’s when you see the true Goshen.
4g Dream Well – Ramina
RPR 142c 140h OR 145c 140h
I was very proud of him at Ascot and it was a good performance. We’ve entered him in the Berkshire Novices’ Chase at Newbury on Friday, it’s a big jump in class for a four-year-old but we’ll see. I don’t really want to go right-handed with him but he’ll be entered in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown as well. He loves his jumping and that’s a great asset. I’d like to think there’s a nice prize in him. I think last season’s top six juveniles were quite good and Adagio, who he finished second to in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle, ran a massive race in the Greatwood Hurdle.
3g Sholokhov – Chinawood
O S Harris
RPR 122h OR 130h
I was very pleased with him at Wetherby. He did everything wrong and still won, which is a sign of a good horse. He’s a big horse, needs a lot of time and we won’t see the best of him until two years’ time. I was going to aim him at the Triumph trial at Cheltenham on December 11, but I’ll make two entries and I’d rather go to Doncaster, if the ground is soft enough, for the Summit Juvenile Hurdle on the same day as it’s worth more than twice as much. From my riding days, I’ve always felt you need a big, strong horse that travels to go around Cheltenham, so hopefully he could be a Triumph contender. His jumping needs to be a bit slicker, but hopefully that will improve with time as he’s run only twice.
4g Authorized – Princess Roseburg
He ran a massive race at Ascot. He was another that did everything wrong and still ran very well. I’m not quite sure where he goes, but it won’t be too long before he’s out again. I think a lot of him and he’ll be better with some juice in the ground.
5g Doyen – Dali’s Theatre
Ms S Exell
He won very nicely on his hurdling debut at Exeter on his return. He jumped out to his left there, but he’s schooled well since and that doesn’t concern me. He’s a nice prospect. We’ll stay low key with him for the time being and, although he’ll be a chaser down the line, there are plenty of races to be won over hurdles with him.
7g Dylan Thomas – Tropical Lake
Ms Jo Bridel
RPR 151h, 132c OR 151h, 148c
He didn’t take to the fences at Uttoxeter on his chase debut and we’re giving him a break now until Christmas time. I’ll discuss with his owners whether we stick to chasing or revert to hurdles when he returns, given we’ll be a fair way into the season. There’s no doubting his class given his Scottish Champion Hurdle win and great run when second in the Galway Hurdle.
7g Gold Well – Turquoise Green
Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse
RPR 134h OR 134h
He’s a nice horse who was going okay when falling on his chase debut at Ffos Las. He’s built for chasing and it will be his game. We’ll look for another novice chase when the rain arrives and he’s one I’m looking forward to. We won a nice novice handicap chase on the final day at Sandown with the similarly owned Shantou Village in 2017 and that could be a potential long-term aim.
6m Jeremy – Saucy Tess
We think she’s a nice mare and hopefully she can compete at a decent level. It was good to see her get off the mark over hurdles at Cork last month. The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham is the plan.
8g Oscar – Aura About You
RPR 160c 152h OR 155c 151h
We’re looking towards the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle as a starting point and hopefully there’ll be a bit of rain between now and then. There’s nothing written in stone in terms of his plan for the season; we’re eager to win a race with him and take each start as it comes. If he does switch back over fences, then so be it. He has to improve over hurdles and fences, but we’re looking forward to starting him off at Fairyhouse and seeing where we stand.
6m Flemensfirth – Thegirlonthehill
RPR 145h OR 139h
The plan is to go to Newbury for the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle on Friday. We know she has to step up and hopefully she will. We know she’s effective on nice ground and hopefully it will be safe there for her.
7g Milan – Rosie Suspect
Exors Of The Late Trevor Hemmings
RPR 144c OR 139c
He’s just had wind surgery, so he’ll be in action on the other side of Christmas. He’s a big, fine horse – a grand sort – and had a good first season over fences. I’m hoping he’ll pick up a big staying handicap chase later in the season.
6g Trans Island – Miss Nellie
RPR 106h 114b
He won well on his hurdling debut at Kelso and we just want a little bit of rain before we run him again. When that comes we’ll look for another novice hurdle, then we might have to start looking a little higher. He was beaten only a short head on his sole defeat and hopefully he’s high class.
8g Westerner – Miss Greinton
David Wesley Yates
RPR 147h, OR 146h
He’s back in but another who won’t be running until the new year. He’ll go novice chasing and hopefully take high rank in the better races. I still think he’s a Graded horse in the making. If he has a trouble-free run, hopefully he can confirm that.
Sauce Of Life
6g Califet – Salsaparilla
Mrs IC Sellars & Major & Mrs P Arkwright
RPR 107h 112b
The slow gallop didn’t help him at all on his first run over hurdles at Wetherby. He jumped well, travelled strongly, but it turned into a sprint and it caught him out for a furlong until he got himself gathered up and realised he had to change a couple of gears. The race was over then, but he’s come back all right and should be winning plenty of races.
Do Your Job
7g Fame And Glory – Full Of Birds
RPR 139c 146h OR 143c 143h
I was really pleased with his chasing debut success at Warwick and he came on a lot for his reappearance last season, so I expect him to do the same. He did very well over hurdles and looks the right size and build to improve for going over fences – we spent all summer dreaming about what he could become! He’ll have an entry for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown on Saturday week and the dream would be to head back to Aintree in the spring.
6g Aizavoski – Castle Supreme
RPR 122h 105b
He was quite impressive on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las and the form has already been franked. We’ve pencilled him in for another novice hurdle at Ayr on Monday week and hopefully he can improve as the season goes on. His bumper level was decent with Adrian Wintle and his jumping was very slick and accurate at Ffos Las. He copes with soft ground really well.
Nada To Prada
6m Kayf Tara – Ambrosia’s Promise
Mrs Lynne Maclennan
RPR 133c OR 130c
I was very disappointed with her run at Ffos Las last week and she is definitely better than that. She had a really good campaign over hurdles last season, so hopefully we can put a line through that run and get back on track next time. Ideally, we’ll look for a mares’ novice chase, and she wants a bit of cut in the ground. We’ll be aiming at some of the nice mares’ races through the season.
5g Fair Mix – Elegant Accord
D&D Armstrong Ltd
He had been going quite nicely at home prior to his debut at Newcastle in March, but we didn’t expect him to win as he hadn’t even had a racecourse gallop. He did it nicely, his schooling has been very good and he’s ready to go very soon.
9g Golden Lariat – Social Society
M Warren, J Holmes, R Kidner & J Wright
RPR 154c OR 149c
He ran a corker in the Scottish National last season and I was delighted with his return at Kelso last month. He’s entered in the Rehearsal Chase on Saturday and his owners would love to get him into the Grand National, so we’ll be trying to ensure that happens.
The Ferry Master
8g Elusive Pimpernel – Dinghy
The Potassium Partnership
RPR 136c OR 132c
He had a great campaign culminating in running a huge race when fourth in the Scottish National. He ran a cracker on his comeback when trying to give 19lb to a race-fit rival in Red Giant. The plan is the Rehearsal Chase for him too and he possibly wants better ground rather than a bog. The big staying races will be on his agenda.