WE are off to Carlisle today with three runners as their jumps season comes to a close.
First up is GET WITH IT (1.38) who will drop back in distance to two miles after falling at Doncaster last time out. We thought that would be a good idea as he was getting a bit tired when he came down. We have given him a few weeks to get over it and added a tongue tie and a hood today because he has a bit of a tendency to be keen.
He is a lovely horse and one we have rated highly, so hopefully things can fall into place for him either today or sometime soon. The big thing will be him running well enough throughout the race to be able to get up the hill and finish it off properly. As we all know, Carlisle is one of the stiffest finishes around so what he does before getting to the bottom of the hill will be key to coming back up it.
Hopefully the headgear will help and if it does he can be competitive because he’s a really nice type.
SOME REIGN (3.23) will find the conditions at Carlisle perfect, he’ll love the track, trip and ground. He finished a close fourth in a novice handicap there a few years back so has a bit of course form.
On paper it looks a very competitive race and that’s the same for DOKTOR GLAZ (4.33) later on the card as well. Looking through them, a number of horses in both of the races could win it!
Our pair are both well, ready to go and can certainly be in the mix if things go right for them. But I think the majority of trainers, jockeys and owners we’re up against will be thinking exactly the same things this morning.
We were delighted with Fete Champetre at Wetherby earlier in the week, it was a really pleasing performance and he won it well. He’s come out of the race fine and we are looking for something else for him now, so you might see him out running under a penalty.
He settled much better, they went a good gallop and his jumping was great. He’s still got a few signs of greenness but that’s fine because there’s plenty more to come from him and it’s good to see we’ve got another exciting one for the future.
The photo above is of him in the winners' enclosure at Wetherby, courtesy of the racecourse.