Our only runner on Tuesday is Sulafaat in the 2.00 at Newcastle.
She has been holding her form really well lately, following victory at Redcar with a couple of good efforts in defeat over this course and distance the last twice. Obviously the Sir Mark Prescott horse looks the one we all have to beat but hopefully ‘Susan’, as she's affectionlately known at home, can once again run her race and get involved at the business end of matters.
Our only runner on Sunday is Ballycrystal Court in the 5.00 at Kempton.
He won at Market Rasen back in August despite seeing the front soon enough (fences omitted), but he wasn’t best positioned in a race where it paid to race handily at Kelso last time. The form has already received a couple of boosts, with the runner-up going one better next time and the third leading when coming to grief at the final fence when next seen.
The return to a flatter/sharper track and going right handed will help, and he’s still fairly treated from his current mark. It’s one of those races where most of the field are more than capable but arrive with questions to answer, so hopefully this is a good opportunity for him to regain the winning thread.
Our only runner on Friday is Red Treble in the 6.35 at Newcastle.
She was our first two-year-old winner when scoring at Musselburgh back in August, but things haven’t really gone to plan so far in her two outings in nursery company. She did too much too soon in the valuable ‘Carrie Red’ at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, then got going too late when a staying-on third in a small-field event at Catterick some four weeks ago.
This will provide her with a different sort of test - a straight seven furlongs on a Tapeta surface - but hopefully Cam Hardie is able to find her some cover early and conserve as much energy as possible for the uphill climb.
We saddle three runners on Thursday: Road Warrior (3.25 Carlisle), Searanger (6.15 Wolverhampton) and Landing Night (6.45 Wolverhampton).
Road Warrior is a recent addition to Howe Hills having been picked up for £5,500 out of the Noel Meade stable. He had quite a bit of racing in a relatively short space of time for previous connections, his form rather patchy and ending his time in Ireland in various forms of headgear. We ought to learn a good bit more about him after this first outing for us.
Searanger has run well at Southwell the last twice, staying on well from a hopeless position before being caught wide and doing too much too soon when last seen there a week ago. His losing run is mounting but recent signs have at least been more positive so hopefully he can run well once again.
Landing Night returned to winning ways at Catterick last month and wasn’t seen to best effect over this course and distance a couple of weeks ago, going off too hard and unsurprisingly failing to last home. He has been handed a wide draw but is in decent form at present and ought to prove capable of going close from a mark we know he can be competitive from.
Our only runner on Wednesday is Cool Possibility in the 2.20 at Wetherby.
He was a five-race maiden on the Flat for Charlie Hills, showing some ability but not really progressing as expected for that outfit, particularly once going handicapping. We picked him up for £11,000 soon after his last start and his work has been good while he has also schooled well. All in all, we are hopeful of a bold first showing in what looks to be a winnable enough contest.