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Rathy Bids To Make It Third Time Lucky In The Eider

RATH AN IUIR needs proper soft ground and that’s definitely what he’ll get at Newcastle tomorrow in the Eider. He’s performed well in the race the last two years but on both occasions it was only good-to-soft so conditions were not in his favour. This time, however, the boxes are all ticked for him so we expect him to relish this marathon test of stamina. 

In the past he’s been competitive for such a long way but was just outpaced up the straight. Hopefully this time the ground will make him able to stay up with them for longer. He’s been in good form, winning at Kelso in December, and he’s below the mark he’s had before in the race - quite significantly compared to his 6th place two years ago. 

We’re excited that he’s getting his conditions and definitely believe he’s good enough to finish in the places. 

IWA (4.00) was pulled up on his first start at Catterick last month after a long layoff, which disappointed us because we think a lot of him and he’s been going really well at home. He was just far too keen and gassy so he gave himself no chance. He’d been off the track for 18 months since arriving from France so hopefully the run has taken a bit of the fizz out of him and he’ll settle better now. 

This is probably a higher grade of race than I’d want to pitch him into at this stage but it’s worth having a go. He’s stepping back in trip to 2m, he’s going to wear a hood as well as a tongue tie - which he wore previously in France - so hopefully that will benefit him and make him settle. 

He won his races at France being ridden handily but right now we need to see him finish his race so the best thing for the moment, I think, is for us to try to settle him so he will be ridden differently to how we might line up in future. He won on soft in France but that’s probably not Newcastle in February deep! What we’re hoping for is to see him settle and then after this run we’ll probably go back over fences with him in the spring on better ground. He’s already won a French chase so that’s the obvious thing to do with him. 

We were absolutely thrilled with Cailin Dearg's win at Sedgefield earlier today. She jumped and travelled superbly before grinding it out up the hill when the second horse came to challenge her. We did suspect she was coming back to herself again so it was great to see her back up what she'd been showing us.


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