Weekly News and Updates
Archie was our only runner last week finishing 5th in the 7 furlong Bet in play at totesport.com handicap at Chelmsford as he made his debut for Brian Barr after switching from Richard Spencer’s yard last autumn.
Off the track since October our gelding wearing a tongue tie for the first time was drawn 7 of the 8 runner field. Held up in touch towards the rear by Finley Marsh (claiming 3lbs) the jockey switched right and made an effort over one furlong out but there was soon no impression and Archie hung left in the final furlong to be beaten 6 lengths by the winner Pearl Spectre.
Trainer Brian Barr was happy enough with the run saying, “he ran well off an unsuitably slow pace at Chelmsford and he will now head to Kempton on the 23rd over a mile.”
This week we have a few runners for the club, first up is Toolatetodelegate who heads back to Kempton -a track she likes - tomorrow in the 5.15 (0-55 rated) 32 Red on the App Store Handicap over 6 furlongs.
Racing off a mark of 51 having been dropped a pound since her last start, Finley Marsh again takes the ride in which the cheek pieces go back on having been left off to make a change last time.
She is reported to have come out her last run in good order by the trainer.
Our mare also has an entry at the track on Friday in the 7.45pm event which is another handicap (0-50) over six furlongs and we will update after tomorrow’s race as to whether or not she runs.
Thursday sees our former point to point horse Clondaw Whisper head to Wincanton to make his hurdles debut after his run in a bumper last time.
He goes in the 1.20 Healthy Pets “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle a class 4 even just under 2 miles at one-mile-seven-and-a-half-furlongs with his trainer Brian Barr saying, “he will need to get a mark (handicap) before he's competitive.”
On Friday Machiato is entered at Chepstow in the 2.10pm race over two-miles-seven-and-a-half-furlongs. The race would be a step up in trip for our horse who last time finished last of seventeen runners over two-miles-and-five-furlongs at Warwick.
However there were excuses that day as it was his first run in almost 18 months and he ran very green looking around him instead of concentrating on the job in hand.
He has also had some treatment to his back since that race to help with his jumping so a better show is expected from our horse.
Trainer Ian Williams said, “Dave Crosse rode him in work on Saturday and was happy with him.
“We would like to go for the maiden hurdle at Chepstow on Friday but should we get balloted out I will keep you all up to speed on further options.”
There are currently 36 entries at the time of writing with all the top yards represented so fingers crossed Machiato gets a chance to run and improve on his club debut.
Finally on Sunday Call sign Charlie is set to make her handicap debut in the 2.20 Jockey Club Handicap Hurdle over two-miles-and-one-furlong at Wincanton. She is reported to be in good order by her trainer.
In this section we will give the official ratings of our horses each week along with any changes. The ratings are determined by official handicappers and are published by the BHA every Tuesday morning.
Changes to ratings (see below).
Ratings correct as of Tuesday 8th January 2019.
Haats Off, the handicapper has had a rethink on our filly who had previously been unchanged after her last run on 30th December and as of 8th January she is rated 67 (-3) flat.
Rocket Ronnie 45 (-1) since last run on 4th January.
Toolatetodelegate 51 (-1) flat.
Update on Archie (last run 10th January) next week.
Rocket Ronnie is fine after his disappointing run at Kempton last time when he was stepped up in trip. Adrian reports our horse to be well in himself and after having a few easy days nothing showed to explain his effort. Plans are to send him back to Chelmsford on the 26th of this month for a race over ten furlongs where it is hoped he will show his true form once again.
Hard to Forget is reported in good nick by Henry Oliver whose two horses to follow which were put up in the Christmas news have both since won. I hope members were on J
All being well our horse will be heading up to Wetherby for a race in around ten days time over two-miles-and-three-furlongs which our trainer thinks will suit him.
It is a 0-100 handicap so it’s more than likely he will be racing off top weight of 12 stone in which case Henry has said he will claim off him to give him a better chance as he would like to see him win next time.
His trainer believes he needs soft ground to be at his best so he will only go if there is cut in the ground so let’s all pray for some rain.
Ann reports Nora to be in rude health and is continuing to put on condition. Her work schedule is the same as before which is going on the walker, steadily cantering on the lunge and going on the water treadmill.
Over at the Barr stables we catch up with the latest news.
Billy came through his operation well and is back cantering and doing everything right.
Call Sign Charlie is in good order and will have her first run in a handicap on Sunday at Exeter.
Haats Off has come out her last race well and heads to Kempton on the 2nd February.
Robin De Broome is still cantering away and moving well.