Well the rain has certainly arrived! We had 20mm overnight and therefore our grass gallop, as I hoped, was perfect to ride work on this morning. It stopped by 1st lot though thankfully.
Tyrone Hanlon was in 1st lot to watch Debden Bank do his first piece of work back since a short break and he delighted us and work rider Alice too and will be ready to make his racecourse debut in the next few weeks. We also worked Buckle Street, Cut & Run, Forecast, Reve, Somewhere To Be, Big Nasty, Cotswold Prince, Young Phoenix, Matravers, Pomme De Nuit and Mello Yello. All the rest cantered.
No runners today so a chance to watch youngest son Harry play football for Northleach under 9s on his home turf – I’m not often able to watch as he plays on a Saturday so I make sure I do when I can.
Two runners tomorrow at Ffos Las. Fittingly, on Remembrance Sunday we run World War in the Maiden Hurdle over 2m 4f – possibly the hottest Maiden Hurdle of the season so far taking on a certain Acey Milan who is part owned by our Chairman Jon Hughes and huge supporter Paul Davis too and was 4th in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. World War, however, is in great form and has really pleased us since his Cheltenham run where he jumped for fun but found the ground too quick. Harry Stock gets on well with him and he will love the soft ground so we are hoping for a good run.
Lerichi Belle is partnered by Aidan Coleman and runs in the first race, a 2 mile Handicap Chase. She was too free at Worcester last time and did herself no favours so will hopefully settle better tomorrow. She will handle the ground and stays further than that so I think she will run a big race.