Ian Ogg: My Stable
Ian Ogg continues our ten jumpers to follow series for the 2013-2014 National Hunt season.
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African Gold - Progressed really well over hurdles, finishing his season with second place in the Albert Bartlett and fifth in the Liverpool Hurdle and connections are already making encouraging noises about his prospective chasing career. Much could depend on how aggressively he's campaigned but he's got the scope and the right attitude to make his mark in the novice ranks.
Diamond King - Showed a staggering change of gear to blitz the opposition in a Wetherby bumper in a manner which suggested that he could be top drawer and his subsequent victory in a Bangor bumper did nothing to dispel. The form of both races can be questioned but, if visual impressions count for anything, he could go right to the top.
It's A Gimme - Only made the track on three occasions last season, finishing second at Ascot on his reappearance before pulling up on his other two starts. Those runs are obviously a concern and he fared no more than respectably on his chase bow at Wetherby. That was a competitive event though suggesting that he's shown the right signals at home and he's often given the impression that he's capable of better than he's shown thus far and it'd be no surprise to see him land a decent prize this season.
King Of The Wolds - A promising start to his hurdling career wasn't built on in the spring but that, at least, means that he starts this campaign on a workable mark. Connections expect him to improve as he matures and to prove ideally suited by better ground (which he didn't encounter last term). Already off the mark for the season having won a handicap on his chase bow and he should prove capable of adding to that success from his revised mark.
Red Sherlock - Hardly likely to fly under the radar as he carries a decent reputation (both Martin Pipe's and Chester Barnes' horse to follow from the yard) and won both starts in bumpers. Missed the spring festivals but this half-brother to the prolific and decidedly useful Swing Bowler should soon be making up for lost time over hurdles.
Renard d'Irlande - Comes with risks attached as he hasn't stood an awful lot of racing, managing just 11 starts since arriving from France in the autumn of 2010. He's shown a decent level of ability when he has made it to the track, however, and he could be the sort to run up a sequence over fences if connections can keep him sound as there appears to be plenty of wriggle room from his current handicap mark.
Saphir Du Rheu - The subject of a notable gamble for the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival but failed to land a blow after making a mistake at the third. Had looked more of a horse for this season when winning at Taunton on his British debut which makes the support even more interesting and the run easy to forgive. Could have a decent handicap in him if progressing as expected but, if not, he can be expected to make his mark over fences.
Toowoomba - Irish point winner with a good jumping pedigree. Has shown definite signs of ability in two runs under Rules in a bumper and a two mile novice hurdle and can be expected to come into his own once handicapping over further. Possibly more of a long-term project but his canny handler is sure to place him to best advantage this season.
Uxizandre - Returned a beaten favourite three times over hurdles but his trainer never lost the faith and it looks significant that this former Million In Mind horse has stayed in the yard for new owner JP McManus. Has already repaid the faith, in part, with a debut success over fences (despite a bad mistake two out) and he looks capable of progressing through the ranks.
West Wizard - The Champion Trainer has introduced some of his very best horses in bumpers at Kempton Park and this son of King's Theatre looks as though he could be another. It was easy to see why connections described him as 'exciting' in the aftermath of his easy six length victory and we should hear plenty more about him.
My Stable 'how to' guide:
• To search for a horse, trainer or jockey, type their name in the search bar and click on the magnifying glass.
• To add a horse, trainer or jockey to your stable, do the above and then click on 'add to my stable'.
• To view your stable, go to 'your selections' located towards the top right when you are logged in.
• To receive email alerts from your stable, you must tick the box located under the tab 'E-Mail'.
• To stop receiving alerts, untick the box. To delete your selection from your stable, select the red cross.
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