Thursday 13th January, 2022

We decided not to run Picanha at Warwick on Saturday and will wait for Cheltenham on the 29th, where there is a two and a half mile Grade 2 novice hurdle.  Although he is a course and distance winner at Warwick, he has had an interrupted preparation and therefore hopefully he will go to Prestbury Park with a clear run at the end of the month.  He is a horse of promise and it will be interesting to see where we are with him after this next outing.

Short on entries at present while we wait for suitable opportunities to arise and look forward to having some live chances running towards the end of this month.

Tom Segal – Pricewise in the Racing Post, has been going through his fancies for the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase this week.  I always have an amusing discussion with him as I like to predict what his fancies will be before they are printed.

Not surprised to see him put in both the Skelton entries, Protektorat in the Gold Cup and Nube Negra in the Champion Chase.  Both look each-way fancies. Whilst he goes for Qulixios in the Champion Hurdle as last seasons Triumph form is working out well.

However I would add to the list in what would appear not necessarily to be vintage years, two previous winners of the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle, in Al Boum Photo and Epatante.  Both are double figure prices and look each-way value against the young pretenders.  As for the Champion Chase, Greaneteen was not beaten far last year and again looks to have decent place prospects despite being beaten convincingly by Shishkin at Kempton.