A Week for Breakthrough Talents and Old Favourites
By George Gorman, Friday 20 October, 2017
As the turf season winds to a close this weekend it’s the time where many may switch their attention to the jumps, but it is equally important to look to next turf season and assess the impact this year’s two year olds will have on the 2018 campaign. In that respect, it’s been a fantastic week for Cisswood Stables with a brace of two-year-old winners at Brighton on Thursday and first timer Is It Off finishing a good second in a decent novice at Goodwood on Sunday. Furthermore, of the two winners Sing Out Loud now boasts two wins and two places from five starts, whilst King Of The Sand got the double up for the yard and jockey Adam Kirby, whilst adding a win to his two places on only his fourth start. The future is, indeed, bright! Kafeel and Many Dreams contributed 2nds of their own and dual-purpose campaigner Hermosa Vaquera rounded off a great week with a 3rd under yard apprentice Hector Crouch.
As for the upcoming jump season, it really kicks up a gear this week with the return of yard star and Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy. He is entered in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday in which he will carry only 10st 11lb and tackle hurdles for the first time since April 2012. Tune in at 4:25 on Saturday to watch one of the most popular horses in training try to add to his £880,000 in prize money. Other notable entries for the week include juvenile Eragon De Chanay, a wide margin winner in the provinces in France. Bad Boy Du Poldu signed off last season with an 11-length win and is entered at Kempton on Sunday for his chase debut and yard favourite Mr Fickle holds an entry at Winsor on Monday, where he will attempt to convert his good run of form over hurdles into success in an amateur flat race. Plumpton has it’s second meeting of the new season on Monday, where entries include Darebin, Larry, Stoical Patient and Altaayil, amongst others. Hopefully we can add to our 150+ winners at the local track.
Entries for the weekend
Saturday Eragon De Chanay 2:45 Ffos Las
Sire De Grugy 4:25 Ffos Las
Sunday Bad Boy Du Poldu 2:40 Kempton Park