Brendan's Diary: Flaming beauty!
It's been a tough couple of weeks in the saddle, but it all paid off on Wednesday with a winner up at Chepstow for the boss!
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Colin Tizzard's Flaming Charmer stayed on really well for me up the long straight and despite getting in a bit tight to a few jumped well on the whole and loved the ground - he's a nice sort and if in that form next time should go close to landing the double.
Hopefully this will mean a few more winners on the horizon. I'm heading to Towcester on Thursday and am really looking forward to riding Jamie Snowden's Reves D'Amour there.
She's a lovely mare who has run well at the track before, most recently when a fine second on her hurdling debut a month ago. She's come on for that run and with that experience under her belt I expect her to go well, and is certainly one to follow as the season progresses.
Looking ahead to the weekend a lot will depend on where Joe Tizzard goes, as I'll go where ever he doesn't - Sandown or Wincanton - while on Sunday my riding plans are not yet confirmed but it will be either Market Rasen or Ffos Las.
I thought this week I'd give you a few horses that I know very well to look out for this season - a sort of ten to follow - I'll give you 5 that I ride and then another 5 I don't ride (but wish I did!) next week.
PRESENT VIEW: This Jamie Snowden-trained 5 year-old was a decent second at Kempton on Monday. The winner that day looked a nice sort but we pulled well clear of the third. I expect him to improve again for that outing and I don't think it will be too long before he's winning.
BATTLE GROUP: Now with Johnny Farrelly, who is a trainer to note in the coming months and years. He's supporting me a lot and I'm really looking forward to getting back on Battle Group on the track. As I'm sure you know this horse gave me some great days last season, most notably when winning at Aintree on Grand National day. He's had his knockers in the past when with the Pipe yard, but he's always had ability and after winning his last three I will be hoping to make that four when he's out soon - he's currently entered in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in a few weeks.
KAZLIAN: Sticking with the Farrelly yard another horse I'm really looking forward to riding is this one. He came to Johnny from the Pipe yard and was last seen running third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown. He's been working well at home and could be a real star for the yard this season. Hopefully we'll see him next in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in a few weeks.
GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN: It's no real secret that this horse is a real favourite of mine and I owe him a lot after he got me home to land the JLT Speciality Chase at the Cheltenham Festival back in March. That was actually his last race, but he's had a nice summer break and is raring to go again. He's still only 8 years-old so there should be more to come from him, while he likes a bit of cut so it's now getting to his time of the year. No entries as such at the moment, but the Hennessy is a possible, and I think he'll go really well in some of the 3m+ top handicaps (or even slightly better class) this season.
GUANCIALE: I suppose I have to put one of the old man's horses in! Only joking - this horse is one I know he likes and although I wasn't on his latest second at Fontwell I've ridden him in all his other four outings. He's not been out since April, but has had a wind operation over the summer and that seems to have help him bundles. He's been doing plenty at home recently and he could be one to add to your horse alerts this season.
Look out next week as I'll be highlighting five more horses that I like the look of to follow this season.....
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