It was a brilliant week of racing and I think I have found two horses that I will be looking forward to getting back on over the coming months.
Firstly, I thought Rambranlt'jac ran a cracker in the Troytown. It was his first race in a handicap, and he acquitted himself well to finish a decent sixth - ahead of some nice sorts. He should improve a lot for the run and that experience, and I can see him winning a nice handicap off his mark.
Chosen Thyme is another I was delighted with, and he finished third at Gowran Park behind Oliver McKiernan’s talented Kalanisi Star. Chosen Thyme did everything well and crucially managed the heavy going very well. He should be one to keep a close eye on at horse racing betting sites, possibly at Limerick over Christmas where he should get similar ground again. I am really looking forward to getting on his back once more.
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Grangeclare West was a brilliant winner of a maiden hurdle at Navan on Sunday, and he is one who should go to the very top. It felt like a particularly good race, and I was actually happy with the run of Japers Jack who I rode to finish fifth. The rest of us somewhat finished in a heap, but Grangeclare West was well clear on the day. He ranks very highly among the maiden hurdlers down in Closutton and it will be interesting to see how high a level he can reach, as he's prominent in the novice hurdle markets for Cheltenham on horse racing betting sites.
I was delighted to see Marvel De Cerisy win well at Punchestown as he gave Impervious a nice form boost. It was a restricted novice chase for horses rated 135 or less so he was entitled to win as he did, but at the same time he was impressive, and we had him well beaten at Wexford last time before he came down.
Impervious is very well at home and she is one we are all very excited about. She is entered in the Drinmore on Sunday, but I am not sure if she will end up running there, to be honest. There is a nice program for mares novice chasers in Ireland so Impervious will take high rank there among those anyway, and we can see how good she is then!
Constitution Hill was brilliant at Newcastle, it really was a fantastic performance. He well and truly lived up to all the hype anyway! He looked awesome throughout the race and jumped like a really top-class hurdler. He is just very slick and never looks in trouble at any point of his races so far. He is going to take a world of beating in this division this season.
Saying this, I do think Honeysuckle is probably being overlooked a bit too much in all the furore about Constitution Hill. Until he beats her, she is the defending champion and is unbeaten. We will see Honeysuckle this weekend and while I do feel she has it all to do against Constitution Hill when they do meet, she is far from a beaten docket.
I can easily see the logic that she is a decent each-way wager on betting apps for the Champion Hurdle in March!
Of the others to run last week I was impressed again by Gavin Cromwell’s Inothewayurthinkin, who was particularly good in my eyes at Gowran Park. He saw off two well-thought-of horses and looks to still be learning plenty. He is one to definitely stay on the right side of!
I am absolutely delighted to be heading to Aintree on Saturday to ride Recite A Prayer in the Becher Chase. It’s a race over the National fences so it will be a great spectacle.
He has run two great races now in big handicaps in a row, and a reproduction of those efforts should see him go awfully close. In the Kerry National he just could not quite get to Busselton, and then last time in the Cork National he couldn't quite get to Captain Kangaroo who had flown home already after kicking on from four out. He gave the winner plenty of weight that day and they meet on much better terms this time. If he takes to the Grand National fences there is no reason he won’t run a big race.
For the rest of the weekend, I am eagerly anticipating Lossiemouth if she turns up in the three-year-old Grade Three at Fairyhouse. I mentioned her in my blog a few weeks back as one of my horses to follow, and she is the current Truimph hurdle ante post favourite on betting sites. She is impressive at home and should go very well in this division this season for Susannah Ricci.