It could be a tricky week for racing next week, with the arrival of snow being very much a possibility, including at Wetherby on Monday, where the going at the time of writing is currently good, good to soft in places.
Trevelyn's Corn is first up at 2.05.pm, in a 0-105 conditional jockeys handicap chase, over two miles and five furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride. Trewvelyn's Corn has yet to fully fire this season, but all of those races were over three miles, which he has possibly failed to fully see out, with his best form from last term coming at around two and a half miles. He is now 7lb lower than when a good second at Hexham last March.
Lincoln Burrows has his third start since arriving via the Irish point to point field where he showed little in five starts. Both his runs for us have been at Carlisle, with his jockey reporting that the horse hung left handed on both occasions, so this switch to a right handed track should help. Lincoln Burrows will be eligible for a handicap mark after this run, which comes at 2.40.pm, in a two miles novice hurdle, with Henry Brooke retaining the ride.
Although without a win this season Geryville is running better than ever, having finished runner up on both his latest starts at Market Rasen, for which the handicapper has seen fit to raise him a total of 5lb. This switch to a more galloping track will be in his favour, and the marathon trip he tackles should be within his compass, and may even bring about further improvement. The race is a 0-130 handicap chase, over very nearly three miles and seven furlongs at 3.15.pm, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes retaining the ride.
We are doubly represented at 3.50.pm, in the 0-105 handicap hurdle, over three miles. Perfect Man who at 12 years old, is now a massive 38lb below the mark he arrived with at the yard in May 2021. His best, and only really worthwhile piece of form for us, came when beaten a neck at Hexham last March, from an 8lb higher mark than now. He is yet to show anything in four runs this season, but is on a very tempting mark, with Conor O'Farrell on board for the first time.
Our other representative in the race is Monaghan Boy, who showed enough in his four bumper runs to suggest that his current mark of 87 is fair, but in all of his four hurdles runs, including a handicap debut last time, he has shown very little inclination for the game. This race sees him step up in trip by over four furlongs for the first time, with Becky Smith retaining the ride.
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Good luck to the connections, Mr & Mrs D Lees J Kaye & D Pollitt, K Jardine R Griffiths, R M Howard, The Rat Pack Racing Club, and The Golden Cuckoo.