FIVE DECLARED FOR WETHERBY.
We have been hitting the cross bar over the last couple of days, with three horses finishing second, and three finishing third, but at least they are running well.
The going for Wetherby on Tuesday should be good to soft, as it continues to dry out. First up at 1.15.pm, in the 0-100 conditional jockeys handicap hurdle over two miles is our longstanding maiden Kisumu. He came as close to winning as he has ever done in this corresponding race last year when he was second from 1lb lower mark. This renewal of the race looks tougher than last years contest, with Billy Garritty riding him for the first time.
We run two in the 0-120 handicap hurdle over two miles at 3.25.pm.Applaus won first time up at Carlisle last November, and ran just as well a month later at the same track when finishing runner up.He has since ran twice at Wetherby, finishing a respectable forth on Boxing Day, but probably found the company too hot in a Class 3 event 15 days ago. He remains 6lb higher than that Carlisle win, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride.
We also run the ex-French hurdles winner Penpal. He needed his first start for us at Catterick in November of last year, but at the same track in December he tried to make all, only weakening after the second last, to come home in fifth, beaten by 11 lengths. You would have to say that on his one start since, which was also his handicap debut, at Sedgefield, he was very disappointing, trailing in a well beaten fifth of the seven runners. The handicapper has dropped him 5lb to 113, his regular rider Alain Cawley is once again in the saddle.
The Very Thing runs in the 0-100 three miles handicap hurdle at 4.25.pm, with Alain Cawley taking the ride. The Very Thing finished second in this corresponding race last year from a 2lb higher mark, and in only two attempts since, which have both been on heavy ground at Hexham, he has finished a good fourth, in November, but pulled up in December. The key to his chance is the ground, as he will have the sounder surface he needs this time.
Our final runner is the racecourse debutante Mister Freddie in the bumper at 4.55.pm, who will be ridden by Sean Quinlan, who won a bumper for us at Newcastle 14 days ago on Lady Adare. Mister Freddie is the fourth racecourse representative of the very useful mare Amaretto Rose, who won four of her seven starts back in 2007-2008, when trained by Nicky Henderson.Mister Freddie also has two full sisters, including the winning mare Belle Amis, who won her bumper on her debut.
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Good luck to the connections, Tasker-Brown & Partners, The Deckchair Syndicate, The Golden Cuckoo, Derek Walpole, and Mrs Jane Newett.