Tingle test for Kumbeshwar
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks ahead to his weekend rides, including Kumbeshwar in the Tingle Creek Chase.
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Kumbeshwar takes his chance in the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday and on ratings, he should not trouble the top two of Sanctuaire and Sprinter Sacre.
He won well last time at Haydock and he has been A1 since - there is good prize money and we will be trying to gain as much as we can as he has a chance of nicking third.
Araldur has been off the track for 280 days and it is a case of starting him off again for the season in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Series Qualifier.
He is a super horse and has been a grand servant to the yard for a number of years - he is a model of consistency over hurdles and fences.
He is a big horse and is sure to come on for the run .
I schooled Dolatulo on Friday morning and he is in great nick as he has come out of his last race extremely well again.
I just don't think he has anything in hand of the handicapper though but he won't mind the ground and will be staying on all the way to the line up the hill.
He has a good racing weight and has plenty in his favour and you are sure to get a decent run out of him as he has a big heart.
My agent got me the ride on Southway Star but I don't know a great deal about her apart from that she has won three times this year and progressed up the ladder.
I will do my research, speak to the jockeys that have ridden her and get as much information as I can.
West End Rocker heads back to Aintree as he tries to win the Becher Chase again. It all seemed to get to him in the Grand National in the spring with the false start but he ran a lovely race on his comeback at Wincanton.
I think he has a live chance as he is just five pounds higher than when he won the race 12 months ago and I would still be sweet on his chances.
Looking back on some of my rides over the past week, Two Rockers obliged in nice style at Towcester and he is a smashing, rangy horse.
He will be seen at his best over a fence and whatever he does until then is a bonus but he left a lovely impression. He jumped well and travelled strongly and when he got to the front he was actually a bit green.
It was his first proper run in public after an outing in an Irish point-to-point and there was plenty to like about his performance. I think he will be kept quite low key so will be seen again in another novice hurdle with a penalty.
Bright Lights was unplaced on the same card at Towcester and was a bit backward and keen on bad ground. She will definitely want better going and an easier track for the time being.
I was pleased with Featherintheattic on Sunday at Kempton. He has a high cruising speed and loomed up turning for home but has just been done for a gear.
He will improve for that run and I am sure Warren (Greatrex) will be looking for something around two miles in a beginners' chase next time.
Five Rivers was hard at work from turning into the back straight but stuck to his task well. I think he rides like a stayer and they just had too much speed for him at Kempton and will be back up to two miles six or three miles over fences next time out.
City Press ran a cracking race after running on bad ground at Ffos Las on his previous start. He appreciated the all-weather surface and was very unlucky not to quite get back up as he just needed another couple of strides.
He showed enough to suggest that on better ground he is one to keep on the right side of as he looks on a handy mark when going back to fences.
Ranthambore was beaten at odds-on at Folkestone in the bumper in midweek but the ground was very bad and I would put down the performance to that.
He travelled away okay but came off the bridle halfway around the bottom bend, it felt like the ground was pulling him apart and he folded very quickly so it is time to regroup with him and find some better going.