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UCCELLO SWITCHES TO THE FLAT AT NEWCASTLE ON THURSDAY.

Uccello has already raced on four occasions when trained by his previous yard as a three year old. Since joining us in the autumn of last year he has raced three times all in juvenile hurdles. On his hurdles debut at Wetherby in November he showed what a difficult horse he must be to train when showing more than his fare share of temperament, and after not jumping well he unseated Becky Smith at the fourth, and then proceeded to run loose as he headed for the car park. In December at Catterick the plan was to teach him to settle better, and after a mistake at the first, he completed the course to finish in 10th. His latest start was back at Wetherby 10 days ago, where after taking a strong hold, Becky let him have his head, where he led until three out, before weakening to finish sixth, beaten by 14 lengths, on what must be considered a much improved effort.

If he can settle on this return to the flat then he is entitled to be involved at the business end. The race is at 12.30.pm, over 10 furlongs, it is an Amateur Jockeys 0-60 handicap, with his regular partner Becky Smith in the saddle.


Good luck to the connections, Red & Whites.


The following piece was written prior to Uccello racing for us.


UCCELLO. 12 May 2018. Frankel-Apsara Owner-Red & Whites.


We now have two offspring in the yard by the greatest racehorse of all time, the mighty Frankel, the other of course is the consistent performer Frankelio. As you would suspect Uccello is exceptionally well bred, being out of a Darshaan mare who has had eight racecourse representatives, three of which are rated in excess of 100, and that includes the Group 2 winning 115 rated Curtain Call.

Uccello has raced on four occasions to date, all for the Karl Burke yard, having been previously owned by Clipper Logistics.

Uccello didn't make his racecourse debut until March of his three year old career in 2021 in a Doncaster maiden over 10 furlongs. He sat in midfield, but came under pressure from three out, weakening to finish in 10th place, 13 lengths off the winner, with the jockey stating that the horse had hung right throughout. He was next seen nearly five weeks later on the all weather at Newcastle also over 10 furlongs, where after leading to around three out, he once again weakened to finish well down the field.

Uccello was gelded in May, and had his third start at Carlisle in July stepping up to 11 furlongs, where after leading till around a furlong and a half out, after being too keen, he failed to get home, trailing in seventh. His final start for the Karl Burke yard was his handicap debut at Ripon in August over 12 furlongs from an opening mark of 58. He finished seventh of the eight runners beaten by 12 lengths, having once again taking a very strong hold, and hanging right under pressure from over one out. TO BE CONTINUED.

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