WELCOME BACK TO WETHERBY.
You know Autumn is on the way, and more importantly the proper start of a new jumps season, with the return of Wetherby.
We are well represented with four runners, the first at 1.52.pm, when Silver Desert contests an above average looking (for the track)juvenile hurdle.Silver Desert makes her jumps, and stable debut, having raced for two other yards, showing her best form on debut at Wolverhampton back in February, when a running on nine and a half lengths sixth of nine. Unfortunately in four further races she has shown next to nothing, so hopes are pinned on eight flights of hurdles rekindling the interest in this well bred daughter, of a Galileo mare, Becky Smith will take the ride.
Foster'sisland showed us in three bumper runs last season that he could be quite useful, especially on his third start when finishing runner up at Catterick, with a previous winner 13 lengths back in third. Foster'sisland will once again come up against his old adversary Ask A Honey Bee,who have raced against each other on two previous occasions,he also makes his jumps debut. The race is division one of the extended two miles and three furlongs novice hurdle at 3.0.pm, and stable jockey Joe Colliver, takes over from the injured Emma Smith-Chaston.
Cockney Beau also makes his hurdles debut, in division two at 3.35.pm,he contested four bumpers for us last season,showing similar form to that of Foster'sisland, placing in the first three, before finishing well down the field at Sedgefield, after which he required wind surgery. This division looks more demanding, and Becky Smith who rode him on all four occasions last season, retains the ride.
At 4.10.pm it is the renewal of the prestigious 'Bobby Renton Chase' and it sees the return of one of last seasons biggest success stories, Schiehallion Munro. He is the second highest rated jumper in the yard, and made great strides last year, winning three of his four starts, the later off 131. He starts this season from a mark of 140, so any further progress will see him showing up at some big events.The race is over his optimum trip of two miles and three furlongs, and Joe Colliver who rode him on all four occasions last season takes the ride.
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Good luck to the connections, Craig & Laura Buckingham, The Oakwood Nobels, Cheerleader Racing, and Tennant, Lynch, Sharp And Boston.