Daryl Jacob is back with his weekly column for the jumps campaign and he rides two big guns this weekend as We Have A Dream and Terrefort return to the track.
It’s been a pretty quiet week but I ride two of our big guns in We Have A Dream and Terrefort this weekend so things are looking up.
It has been a bit of a slow start to the season as we all wait for the weather but there’s a bit of rain forecast heading into Saturday and things are beginning to crank up a gear now.
You’ll be seeing more of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede’s horses now and though I’m not riding him the whole team are looking forward to the return of Footpad on Saturday.
He runs in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas and it looks a really nice starting point for him being a race for second-season chasers at a lovely track.
His homework has been very good and he’s ready to get out and about now, so I’ll definitely be watching him on the TV in the weighing room at Wincanton before my four rides on Saturday…
Majestic Moll – 2.25 Wincanton
Emma Lavelle’s horses are in great form so I’m really looking forward to riding Majestic Moll. She won really nicely on her chasing debut at Worcester where she jumped and travelled well, so, while this is a step up for her, she’s a nice mare and gets all the allowances on Saturday.
We Have A Dream – 3.00 Wincanton
It’s brilliant to get We Have A Dream back out in the Unibet Elite Hurdle. Nicky Henderson had him ready to run a few weeks ago but we’ve just been waiting for the ground to turn and we need to get him out now. He’s ready. This is a new chapter for him and we know how tough it can be for four-year-olds turning five. Two of our best horses, Top Notch and Footpad, struggled in their seasons coming out of juvenile campaigns and you’ve got to look after them, looking at the bigger picture. We do think about longevity and you want them to last. He does have questions to answer, stepping up against the big boys, but I hope he can deal with it. He’s an exciting horse.
Captain Buck’s – 3.35 Wincanton
I think the Badger Ales Trophy could really suit Captain Buck’s. He has form around Wincanton having finished third there last time and if there’s plenty of pace on that scenario would definitely benefit him. It’s great to be riding for Paul Nicholls again and he has a superb record in this race. I actually won it with him seven years ago with The Minack and I won it again three years later with Emma Lavelle’s Court By Surprise - and it was a surprise as I didn’t know it at the time [The Young Master was disqualified]! It’s been a lucky race for me and Captain Buck’s has a good chance, even if he is zero from eight over fences. 10st 6lb is a nice weight, for the horse anyway. I won’t be eating much between now and then that’s for sure.
Indieburg – 4.10 Wincanton
Indieburg is a newcomer in the bumper and I haven’t sat on him, but I’ve heard he’s a nice horse. I’ve ridden plenty of nice horses for the owners and their retained rider, Gavin Sheehan, has sat on this fellow plenty of times at home and I spoke to him this morning, he says he’s nice.
No Hassle Hoff - 1.15 Sandown
This looks quite a competitive novices’ handicap chase but he’s another we need to get out now. He’s been ready to go for a while and Dan Skelton’s been happy with him at home, he’s been schooling well. We should learn plenty for the rest of the season with him on Sunday.
Cangodemayo - 1.50 Sandown
She’s not shown a lot in the three races I’ve ridden her to be honest. Her best run came around Ludlow and I would think she’ll need every drop of rain they have at Sandown. She’ll be a big price.
Terrefort - 2.20 Sandown
He was an absolute star for us last season and just improved throughout the year. It was great signing off with a Grade One win at Aintree where he relished stepping up to three miles so it makes sense starting out over that trip again. Might Bite won this race last year so the ‘Future Stars’ title certainly did its job and I hope it will again. He’s ready now, he needs to run, and we’ll sit down and see where we are after Sunday before talking about the rest of his campaign. There are only three opponents, but it’s a hot little race.
Nelson’s Touch - 2.55 Sandown
I just got him home at Uttoxeter last time so a 7lb rise seems a bit harsh to my eyes. He’s won two of his last three so he is improving, so it’s fingers crossed he’ll improve again as I think he’ll have to.
Hero’s Creek – 4.00 Sandown
There’s no getting away from it, he’s been disappointing. We can only hope he comes on for his seasonal reappearance and that the more he runs the better he’ll become.
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