Four runners at Uttoxeter tonight

As long as the rain stays away (or we don’t have too much) then we will have four runners tonight at Uttoxeter. Don Rafael kicks off the evening in the opening Novices’ Hurdle (Division 1) under Sean Bowen and we will be hoping things go better than they did last time at Hereford where they frustratingly ran into all sorts of traffic problems. He won’t want much rain though so I’m on weather watch for him and will have a good walk around when I get there.

Oneforthefairgreen runs in the Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle and Sean has got back onto her, replacing Adam Wedge, as Olly Murphy’s is a non runner. She has cheekpieces on today and steps up in trip and can hopefully build upon her earlier runs.

Duke of Luckley is also on weather watch so we’ll make a decision on his participation after I’ve spoken to Sean after the first race. He is the outsider of 5 runners, possibly after a lack lustre run at Newton Abbot last time when he didn’t look to enjoy the track. This should suit him better and if he reproduces form like his win at Southwell two runs ago he should outrun his odds. James Best, who won on him at Southwell, partners him.

Brianna Rose will also not want the heavens to open too much. She was lucky when she won at Hereford two runs ago but Sean remains confident she still would have won without the carnage that occurred two out and she ran on all too late last time to finish 3rd. She returns to hurdles and isn’t without a chance.

Thanks to all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday earlier in the week – a big birthday and a fabulous 36 hours in Salcombe with the family. Belinda had booked us all into our favourite restaurant in Salcombe – The Crab Shed, which was as delicious as ever, and we enjoyed a few walks on the beach with Willow before heading home.

At Worcester that evening, Blazing Court ran a belter on his chasing debut under a super ride from James Best to finish a good 3rd and, without a mistake at the last, he’d have been closer still so a very pleasing debut. We will have some fun with him over fences I’m sure.



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