Oli Bell gets the inside track from Jonjo O'Neill and Django Django is among the horses expected to take high rank.
He's a horse we've always liked. He won his first two starts in bumpers at Warwick and Ascot before finishing second in a Listed race at Ascot in deep ground. He made a winning debut over hurdles at Chepstow's first meeting and did it nicely. The front two were really trapping over the last few hurdles and he'll have learnt plenty from that run. I'm now looking at two races for his next possible start, Exeter on November 3 or Newbury on November 5. Both races are over two miles as he has plenty of speed.
He's a grand horse with plenty of ability. He won the stayers' final at Haydock on quickish ground. But I think he really wants more ease which is why I took him out at Chepstow the other week. His best run last term was at Newbury when winning well off a mark of 130 and I think he's at his best on a big, galloping track. With that in mind I'm going to aim at Exeter and if I'm not happy with the ground for him then I'll look at Wincanton on October 25 for a 0-140 handicap. I'm hoping he develops into a decent staying chaser for Martin Broughton and the others who own him.
He's from a really good National Hunt family containing the likes of Supreme Prince and Supreme Serenade. He shaped nicely in his bumper at Warwick when finishing sixth. We'll be going novice hurdling with him but I want to get another start into him in a bumper first. The plan is to run in a maiden bumper at Uttoxeter on October 30. He's one of two Trevor Hemmings has kept in training with me, the other being Cloth Cap, and I hope his patience is rewarded.
We bought him from Colin Bowe after he won his only point-to-point by eight lengths. He finished only ninth on his bumper debut at Newbury for us. I thought he was better than that and he proved that when winning nicely from the front at Huntingdon on his hurdling debut. It looked a warm enough race beforehand and I liked the powerful way he went through the line. I'll find something similar for him under a penalty.
He's the first foal of dual Grade 1 and Cheltenham Festival winning mare Glens Melody. We took him to Fontwell and expected him to go well and he just got edged about by a Flat-bred of Milton Harris's. The pair of them quickly pulled clear of the third horse there so I hope the form is okay. The plan is to give him further experience in a bumper before going over hurdles - Bangor on October 27 in the plan all being well.