Runners Make Light Of Heavy Ground
Posted on 15th December 2015
A lot of our recent runners have been relishing the very soft ground that is around at the moment and none more so than Cyclop last week at Warwick (10th December). The 4yo son of King’s Theatre was attempting to make amends for a very uncharacteristic fall at Market Rasen on his previous start where he parted company with Aidan Coleman at the second last when in front by 13 lengths with the race seemingly at his mercy.
However there were no such blips at Warwick and Cyclop scampered clear after entering the home straight landing the Warwick Racecourse Handicap Chase by an easing down 14 lengths on ever deteriorating ground.
Another to act on heavy ground has been Final Nudge who landed the spoils at Bangor on 28th November from the fancied Dr Newland trained Tippmanboy. Since then the decision was made to step Final Nudge up in class when lining up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle Race) (Grade 2) at Cheltenham last Saturday (12th December) where he ran a great race to just lose out on the run in to finish second by 1 1/2 lengths to the Harry Fry trained Unowhatimeanharry.
This was a very exciting result from Final Nudge and we are very much looking forward to seeing what he can achieve next and a return to Cheltenham may even be the long term goal come March.
Doctor Phoenix has also been taking advantage of all the rain that has been falling as his second victory this season came just 10 days after his first, at Haydock in the Money Advice Group Graduation Chase. Like Final Nudge, the decision was made to go to the International meeting at Cheltenham where he finished a very pleasing 8th in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (A Handicap Chase) (Grade 3).
Doctor Phoenix is a very progressive individual and there is sure to be big prize within this horses grasps particularly if the rain keeps falling!
Rebel Benefit made a very pleasing return to the track last week (10th December) when finishing 5th in the Dave Criddle Travel & Bristol Airport Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase and he is another that will handle the soft ground and is sure to benefit from that outing.
We are now looking forward to the Christmas period where there are lots of runners with planned outings and we hope that the horses can continue to provide all of our owners with lots of Christmas cheer.