WE started the week with a bang at Musselburgh when Permission Granted won in great style - and we’d love to end it with a weekend winner too.
It’s Newcastle’s biggest day of their jumps season and we’ll run three on the card, while Geordielandgangsta will head for Doncaster.
At Gosforth Park, first up will be DO NOT DISTURB (12.20) in the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase. It looks a competitive race but we were happy with his first go over fences at Ayr a few weeks back and thought there were a lot of positives to take from it.
The conditions this weekend will be very different - how often has this meeting ever been run on good ground!? - but we’re hoping he’ll bounce off it and run well. Although he’s mainly raced on soft and heavy for us, it was good to soft the day he won at Kelso so there’s no reason to think he won’t like it.
LE CHEVAL NOIR (12.55) is next in the French Furze novices’ hurdle over 2m6f. He was excellent at Carlisle earlier in the month when winning so there’s no doubt he’s got the ability to run in a race at this level, but the one concern we do have is over the underfoot conditions.
He’s more of a soft ground horse so it’s a bit of a gamble running him, but it’s a small field and good pot so as long as the ground is safe we’ll take our chances and see how he gets on.
Above is a photo of him crossing the line at Carlisle, courtesy of the racecourse.
Third at Newcastle will be SHANBALLY ROSE (2.40) in the 2m maiden hurdle. She is a long-term project who will benefit from the experience gained in these kind of races. She needs to get slicker at her hurdles so hopefully we will see an improvement in her from her last outing on that score.
GEORDIELANDGANGSTA (12.05) is our only runner at Doncaster and we’re hoping to see an improved effort from him. Last time at Newcastle he didn’t try a yard and it was a poor run. So we’ll be putting a visor on him this weekend and riding him more positively - so hopefully that does the trick.
Back to Permission Granted, it was fantastic to get him off the mark. As we said before the race, everything was in place for him to run well and he really did. He’d shown us a few promising signs on the track in the past so it was a relief to see it all come together once conditions were right. He’s come out of the race well and is entered at Market Rasen next week, so we might try to strike while the iron is hot and run him again under a penalty.
Some Reign also ran a great race at Wetherby to go down by the tightest of margins. It was agonising to watch him just fail to reel in Sue Smith’s horse in the final few yards, but overall we were delighted with his effort. He’ll now head to the Castleford Chase there over Christmas and we can’t wait to see how he gets on in that.
On Sunday we’ll be heading to Carlisle with Planet Nine and Rath An Iuir, so we’ll update on them later.