We send a team of four to Wetherby on Friday, where the going is currently described as soft, good to soft in places, and we also have a flat runner at Southwell on the Tapeta, which is riding standard currently.
At Wetherby Visite Officielle is first up in the mares' maiden hurdle at 1.40.pm, over two miles and five furlongs, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes in the saddle for the first time. Up until her last start Visite Officielle had been a willing partner, having been placed on the flat and over jumps since arriving from France, but unfortunately at Hexham 15 days ago she dug her hooves in and refused to race. Hopefully that was just a one off, as this is a winnable event.
Getaway Jewel returns from a 93 day break, when he goes to post for the 2.15.pm, a 0-100 handicap chase, over one mile and seven furlongs, there is also an added 63 yards, but as far as I can remember this is the shortest race I can ever recall over fences or hurdles. Getaway Jewel was in top form last summer when winning twice at Market Rasen, and another summer campaign is planned. He would benefit from any drying out of the ground, and will be partnered by Conor O'Farrell for the first time.
They say the best time to catch a horse who has had wind surgery is on it's second start back, and Le Grand Vert falls in to that category. He ran a cracker at Newcastle 13 days ago when finishing second, and all importantly has been left on the same mark, which remains very attractive based on his previous French form. The race is a 0-100 handicap chase over three miles at 4.25.pm, with Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride.
The Keep The Faith Partnership will be trying to win their own money when their four year old filly Storm Spirit contests the 'Keep The Faith mares open bumper' at 4.55.pm, over two miles, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes in the saddle for the first time. Storm Spirit made a pleasing debut at Newcastle 34 days ago when keeping on in to third, (later promoted to second) and any kind of progress from that run will see her in the shake up again.
Our runner down at Southwell is Myboymax, who is the winner of five races since arriving at the yard in the spring of 2021. Myboymax was a winner at Wolverhampton back in December, but in two Class 3 events since he has failed to get competitive. This drop back in to Class 5, and the step back up in trip will aid his cause. He goes to post for the 4.50.pm, a 0-75 handicap, over one mile and six furlongs, with his regular jockey Aiden Brookes in the saddle.
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Good luck to the connections, Resdev, J Kaye & D Lees, Phil Ellerby, Richard Howard & Ben Howard, Keep The Faith Partnership, and Anthony Bithell.