The racing broadcaster is letting two of his tracked stable go after a quiet week, but has one new recruit who could be plotting a route to Cheltenham.
It was a quiet week with a few meetings being lost to the weather and just the two runners, starting with Plaisir Des Flos (unplaced at 33-1) who ran unplaced behind current Supreme favourite Jeriko Du Reponet at Newbury.
He is released as it will not be until handicaps after another run when he will potentially become of interest again, so we’ll watch that run and see what mark he is given before deciding whether to put back in.
The second was Insanity (third as 5-6f) who was disappointing on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen. He jumped soundly and there seemed to be no excuses as he was one-paced from the second-last. I thought he had the potential to be a really useful novice but he was disappointing enough to be removed as he just seemed beaten on merit by a horse rated inferior by some way on the Flat.
We have one addition this week in the shape of Newbury winner ED KEEPER who won the 3m handicap hurdle in the style of a useful performer. It was only his fifth career start and his first at the trip so there is the prospect of more to come.
His trainer Sam Thomas suggested he would not be overfaced this season as he sees him as a chaser of the future, but there must be the temptation to get him qualified for the Pertemps at Cheltenham. These days, that means finishing in the first four in one of the qualifying races with Wincanton on Boxing Day or Warwick in January both possible options.
His new mark would almost certainly guarantee a run in the Final and there are other routes connections can take if they consider Cheltenham not ideal.
Released: Insanity, Plaisir Des Flos
Added: Ed Keeper