Saturday December 26

Perhaps inevitably Chepstow’s Welsh National meeting was abandoned this morning – Midnight Prayer, who we had big hopes for in the Welsh marathon, will now try again when the race is rescheduled for January 9 – but we still have Kempton tomorrow, when Ned Stark will attempt to get his season back on track in the £40,000 William Hill Handicap Chase.

Alan said:”Ned Stark was a little disappointing in the Hennessy, but maybe he is not yet good enough for such a test. The gallop that Smad Place set proved too much for Ned and got him in trouble. In the end, he did not get home, but we think he might be more effective carrying a big weight in a lesser race, so, though it looks competitive, he has been in good form at home since Newbury and we hope for an improved performance.”

We also have our French recruit Gibralfaro making his jumping debut in the Festival Juvenile Hurdle, and Alan added:”He has been with us for six weeks and is going well. He was progressive on the Flat in France, winning four of his last five races, and, while it looks like being a hot race, we need to get him started.”