Monday 29th November, 2021

Ocho Grande (pictured) runs in the 4pm at Wolverhampton today, the mile and three quarters handicap with Jonny Peate onboard.  He is a bit of a character to say the least, but has the ability to run well and let’s hope he can do so for the Race Against Prostate Cancer syndicate.

Tulane was declared at Kempton today but unfortunately has a little niggle and there are a couple of suitable races for him in a few weeks time.

We have declared Keep It Brief in the maiden hurdle at Southwell tomorrow run at 2.30pm.  The race has divided and it looks a suitable opportunity for him and hopefully the ground will have some ease in it.  He has shown good form on the flat and had his excuses on his hurdling debut last season.  He enjoys his jumping at home and hopefully he can transfer his flat form to the winter game.

Making entries for the weekend for Mrs Barnes and Organdi.  The former needs rain and the latter does not – however hopefully we can find conditions that suit.

A great weekend of racing once again with the brilliant Honeysuckle going from strength to strength and Newbury providing plenty of top class action.  Delighted for Charlie Deutsch on him winning the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase.  I’ve known Charlie for many years and he rode out at Adlestrop in his early teens.  His wonderful mother asked him what he had learned from Mr Phillips on his first morning riding out.  To which he replied “Always hang up your bridle.”  A useful tip indeed and he has learned many others since.

In second was the excellent Brendan Powell who I’m very pleased to see getting the opportunities he deserves.  It was not lost on myself and others that both young men have had major set-backs in their lives in the past which both have dealt with in exemplary fashion.  May their careers go from strength to strength.