WETHERBY marks the start of a hectic 48 hours for us and hopefully we can kick the weekend off in good style.
We run three in Yorkshire, with EAGLE DE GUYE and VINTAGE GLEN both going in the novice handicap chase at 12.27.
Eagle is one we have had for a while and if you’d ever seen him, you’ll know he’s a huge horse who has been crying out for fences the whole time. He’s a big lad and the first year he was with us he wasn’t very sound, so we’ve decided to go chasing pretty quickly after just three hurdles runs. Hopefully he’s on a nice opening mark and I’m interested to see how he gets on.
Vintage Glen was a bit disappointing in his first chase at Kelso in October. He didn’t really have a cut at his fences the way we wanted so he’s done plenty of schooling and I’d hope he’ll improve today by attacking them a bit better. The trip might be a bit on the sharp side for him but it’s soft ground and that will slow them down. He will need further in time but I’m hoping for a step forward this afternoon.
Our third runner is BAKO DE LA SAULAIE (2.47) who has run well at Wetherby in the past and this is the first time for a while he’s had his ground. It wasn’t soft enough for him at Kelso the last twice but he’ll get what he’s looking for today.
Two years ago Bako was second in this race off a mark 3lbs higher so hopefully things can all fall into place, he’s on a good mark and if everything works out then he’s got to have a chance.
Sunday is Borders National Day at Kelso so we’ll be busy again with Trooper Turnbull, Doktor Glaz, Wild Polly and then Coole Hall and Bigirononhiship in the main race itself.
We’ll update with out thoughts on them tomorrow morning.