With Cheltenham now in the rear-view mirrors and the next few months very much uncertain, racing and sport in general, is certainly a luxury at present. On Monday, we’re treated to three meetings, Kelso, Southwell, and Hereford, with all those being jump’s cards.
In this article, I’ll be looking into the horses who will be looking to improve for the fitting of new headgear. Separate to our horse racing tips, here are three horses to follow on Monday!
A winner in February 2019 off an eight-pound higher rating, Gregarious hasn’t quite been at his best this winter. He did show promising signs earlier in the season, however, and he’s far too dangerously treated now to ignore.
His record with new headgear is positive, finishing third in the hood/tongue-tie combination and third in just the hood, with his recent run in the first-time blinkers best excused. That aid has been removed after two below-par showings in it, with the cheekpeices being added today.
If that does help to perk up this seven-year-old, he’s extremely well-treated and his yard is going extremely well, so he’s unlikely to be kept out of the frame.
Having just the three starts over hurdles thus far, Scottish Accent has been steadily progressive and ran extremely well when third on handicap debut at Catterick, his first attempt of this marathon distance.
He came from a long way back and only found things too much on the run-in, where perhaps his lack of experience told against some older rivals. He’s able to race off the same mark today and this unexposed sort surely has something more to offer with further racing.
He also sports some new aids today, with both the tongue-tie and cheekpieces being reached for by connections. That should spark further progress and if it does so, it’s likely he’ll be breaking his maiden for Rebecca Menzies.
It’s still relatively early days for Colby, who hasn’t been the most consistent of hurdlers for Peter Bowen. He went close to breaking his duck at Exeter two starts ago, however, when beaten just a short-head at odds of 33/1.
He was unable to back that up at Warwick last time, but he was up with the pace throughout in a race where the pace completely collapsed in the closing stages. He remains unexposed as a handicap stayer and he certainly should have more to offer.
The cheekpieces are added to his headgear set-up today, which will hopefully have a positive effect alongside the tongue-tie, and if it does, his current rating will not be a barrier to success.