Let me start todays column by saying only British Racing could hold its Flat Champions Day during the Jumps season on jumping ground. In fact it was ironic to say the least that between races at Ascot yesterday I mused how much better the ground looked at Cheltenham!!
There is a strong argument from bringing this meeting significantly forward now the counter argument is that this will take away from Doncaster or York BUT one thing is clear this meeting cannot stay half way through October as these horses aren’t bred to race on hock deep ground.
I really wish I had gone to Cheltenham as it would have been far more beneficial to me and my clients as this will be a big jumps season and this flat season or what remains of it belongs to the Bookmakers who were smirking like Andy Bell at a free bar all afternoon. One horse who performed and looked like a shadow of his former self was Cirrus des Aigles and there is a strong case for retiring this horse now. We were told he had recovered from his injury at Epsom but he clearly hasn’t and if he can’t beat these it’s time for a long happy and well earned retirement.
Right we move on and prepare for a mighty season of jumps and I will be at Kempton today for a strong 2:15 card which will tell us a few more things about how forward certain yards are. These are the very early skirmishes but they are important nonetheless and the card today should be informative. It kicks off with a novice hurdle which has attracted a small but select field. Pipe runs Stars over the Sea a big money acquisition but we are yet to see whether this sire will breed jump horses so the Don will hang on. Paul Nicholls runs All Set to Go who I saw run in Ireland and looks a decent recruit but Nicholls hasn’t got his string particularly forward so I wonder whether this one will be better in six weeks. The horse we need be on is Gladstone from the Greatrex yard. This horse was a useful stayer in France and I know the Trainer is really happy with him and he’s schooled very well. Kempton is a speed track but they often go too fast and this fellow will see out this full trip well something the front two are not guaranteed to. Back him to win at 11/2 with Betvictor.
So the Jumps are off and running and we are set for a massive year, If you want the best form reading coupled with the best information then there’s only one person to come to, trust in the Don.
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don