It is that time of year when the nerves start to kick in for all the big yards as they get nearer and nearer to both Cheltenham and then Aintree in fairly quick succession. Nigel reported to us this morning that all is well in the yard and that he has no issues to report, though he also added that as things stand Bristol De Mai is unlikely to head to the Grand National, though owners can change their minds as we all know! Blaklion is in good form at home and heads to Haydock next weekend for the Grand National trial, though we will try to talk to Nigel again next week once the weights for the World’s most famous steeplechase have been officially published on Tuesday to gauge his opinions.
Nigel’s Charity Bet
As always, we’ve given Nigel a £25 charity bet to place on a horse of his choice – and this week it will be on……
Ballymoy 1.55pm Uttoxeter Saturday
“As you will have all read many times over us trainers now have to declare any wind operations and here is a prime example for you all. He has always been pretty decent but his breathing didn’t quite seem 100%, but since the operation he looks to be far happier in himself, and I am hoping he can get off the mark over hurdles here. Forgetting all the hype, his form gives him every chance of a win here regardless with a good bumper third at Market Rasen the pick, and if he repeats his homework on the track today then I think he has a decent chance.”
If Ballymoy wins, we’ll donate the winnings to the Injured Jockeys Fund!
Templehills 3.15pm Warwick
“Templehills won this race for us last year and funnily enough we have been targeting him at a repeat in 2018. He does have five pounds more from the handicapper now but will be straighter for his return at Chepstow when the lack of a recent run took its toll late on before he finished second to Pressurize and fourteen lengths clear of the third and I am expecting a big run again this afternoon.”
Good Boy Bobby 4.40pm Newbury
“Two out of two so far in his bumpers with a nose win at Chepstow in November followed by a pretty authoritative victory at the same track when beating Gwalia by a very easy nine lengths. He is very decent indeed and I am hoping he makes it three out of three and moves to somewhere near the top of the betting for the Cheltenham Bumper next month”.
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