The racing broadcaster is letting one horse go after successfully doing its job, but has spotted two more to keep an eye on in an amateur race at Cheltenham
We had a quiet but successful week with the sole runner, Our Champ, scoring comfortably at Cheltenham at 9/2.
He has looked an improved horse for the switch to Chris Gordon but an 11lb rise for that win means he is now well over a stone higher then when added after his Plumpton win, so he is released having done his job.
Just to note that Hosaamm was declared at Nottingham on Wednesday but the meeting was abandoned.
TWO NEW ADDITIONS
There are two additions this week, who both come from the same Amateur Riders race at Cheltenham.
First up is Strictlyadancer who confirmed the promise of his return off a long absence at Chepstow by finishing fourth here, keeping on from the rear in a race where those involved in the finish raced more handily.
A current mark of 121 is unlikely to rise and is below the last of his victories in 2021. The options would seem to be a similar race back at Cheltenham at the November meeting (which he won in 2021) or perhaps the Welsh National Trial at Chepstow in early December (he would need to rise in the ratings to get a run in the main event).
The other addition is Bells Of Peterboro who would have finished a lot closer but for landing very steeply over the second-last. He hasn’t always been the strongest of finishers but has dropped to a really good mark and, if the handicapper drops him again off this, his mark is just too tempting to ignore.
As he is ridden by trainer’s son Ed Vaughan, he may well be back for the Amateur riders race on 18 November, where he would have a leading chance.
ONE FRIDAY RUNNER
Dodger Long (Wetherby, 15:35)
Looked to finish with running left in a junior bumper at Exeter and makes his hurdling bow here.
The yard do well with 3YO hurdlers since Milton Harris took his license back out in 2020 with a record of 18 winners from 64 runs and an actual/expected ratio of 1.54.
Released: Our Champ
Added: Strictlyadancer, Bells Of Peterboro
You can see the latest stable as it stands in full here.