We send five to Wetherby on Wednesday, where the going at the time of writing is good to soft, soft in places.
Enfin Phil is first up in the 11.45.am, the extended two miles and three furlongs conditional jockeys 0-120 handicap hurdle, with Billy Garrity retaining the ride. Enfin Phil was sixth over this course and distance in better company when last seen 25 days ago, and with two runs this season under his belt should be now ready to repeat the best of last terms form, when winning at Catterick in January.He is still 2lb above that winning mark, but has the ground that suits.
At 12.15.pm the three year old filly Walkonby makes her stable, and hurdles debut, in the juvenile hurdle, with Billy Garritty taking the ride.She was an above average performer for her previous trainer Mick Channon, winning an impressive four races from just 13 starts, the pick being at Haydock in June, on good to soft ground, over 10 furlongs, off a mark of 71.With the sex allowance she will receive, a maiden hurdle should be well within her compass.
Global Jackpot will carry top weight in the novices handicap chase at 12.50.pm, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride.As a hurdler back in 2018, the handicapper saw fit to give him a mark of 141, and as a chaser in Ireland he has been placed off 132 (Irish rating.) His rating has dropped over the past year, and he can now race in class 4, from a mark of 120. This one mile and seven furlongs is his trip, and the going will suit.
Rory And Me makes his hurdles debut in two miles novice hurdle at 1.50.pm with Alain Cawley in the saddle.He was a dual bumper winner in the summer of last year, and also has some useful flat form.His first run back on the flat in July at Ripon was very encouraging when finishing third, but his two subsequent runs lacked the same sparkle.Jumping will be his game, and the nine weeks break since his last run will have freshened him up. Our final runner is in the bumper at 3.00.pm when Saucy Sally makes her racecourse debut, with Billy Garritty on board.Saucy Sally is the seventh offspring of her dam, Ardere to see a racecourse, she is a half sister to the 104 rated French trained Stefer, who herself became a brood mare, and also the 84 rated As De Bigarre, who only ever raced twice, winning on debut, also in France.
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Good luck to the connections, Randall Orchard & Partners, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, Mrs Helen Sugden, Richard Howard & Ben Howard, and S & Mrs D Everard, A Smith & O Weeks.