We have four runners on Friday, with two making their way down to Market Rasen, where the going is currently good to soft, good in places, but there is a precautionary inspection at noon on Thursday, due to the sub zero temperatures. We also have declared two for Newcastle in the evening, where the Tapeta surface is currently riding as standard.
Milajess is first up at 1.15.pm, in the 0-95 novices handicap hurdle, over the extended two miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston taking the ride. Milajess has taken time to acclimatise since arriving from Ireland last summer, but on her fourth start for us at Musselburgh two weeks ago, she proved that the ability is still there with a very creditable third place. She now races from a 2lb lower mark.
Storm Spirit will make her fourth bumper start in the prestigious £35,000 'Alan Swinbank' mares only Listed race at 3.0.pm, over the extended two miles, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes back in the saddle. Storm Spirit has shown a good level of form by finishing runner up in two of her three starts to date, but this of course is a major step up in class, as she faces some of the best bumper mares in the country. She will gain further experience from the run, before the next step in her career is decided.
We also run two on the all weather at Newcastle, with the seven time winner Sparkle In His Eye going to post for the 4.15.pm, in the first division of the 0-73 handicap, over seven furlongs, with Aiden Brookes, who has won on him five times previously, back in the saddle. Sparkle In His Eye returned from a five months break at Southwell 10 days ago when proving that six furlongs is very much on the short side. That race will have put an edge on him, and this return to seven is his optimum.
Arranmore will go in division 2 of the 0-73 handicap at 4.45.pm, where once again he will be partnered by Aiden Brookes, who was on board when the combination finished fifth at Chelmsford just over 10 weeks ago, on Arranmore's stable debut. The horse has been an above average performer for all of his four previous yards, and was only beaten three lengths at Chelmsford, although he did bleed from the nose that day.
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Good luck to the connections, The Monday Club, Keep The Faith Partnership, Samuel Sutton, and Anthony Bithell.
Milajess & Charlotte.