Wednesday November 16

Things will continue ticking along on Thursday when we have three going to Market Rasen and one to Wincanton, and, assessing their chances, Alan said:”There are not too many juvenile races around at the moment, so we have decided to give Saint Contest his first run over jumps against older horses in the maiden hurdle at Wincanton.

“He won on the Flat in the French provinces and belied his odds (33-1) when running a stormer on his first run for us to finish a close fourth at Wolverhampton three weeks ago, He has schooled grand and is ready to go.

“Tom Cannon rides Saint Contest, with Wayne (Hutchinson) going up to Market Rasen for the three we have up there. We seem to do a lot of complaining about prize money so when I saw they are staging a £25,000 two and a half-mile handicap hurdle I thought it only fair we support it. Our representative is Big Chief Benny. He was progressive last season and we might put chasing on hold until next winter as he has been working better than he did last year and should be competitive off his mark of 131.

McCabe Creek ran well enough on his first run over fences at Ludlow last month and goes again in the novices handicap chase, though he is paying for his consistency over hurdles and the official assessor has not left him alone.

“Finally, we run a promising filly called Corrie Loch in the bumper. She has been showing plenty and, while you never know what you might come up against in these races, I hope she’ll run well.”