Warren Greatrex column: La Bague Au Roi returns to action over fences

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Warren Greatrex cheers on Missed Approach

Warren Greatrex is thrilled to see some rain in the forecast as he looks ahead to this week's entries and reflects on recent performances.

Looking back…

Evron - 5th of six, Carlisle, October 25

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In all honestly, it was a bit of a mess-up. We declared in the hope that it could turn soft but the rain didn't come and it rode more like Good to Firm on the day. That didn't suit him and he wants a stiffer track too. They were racing on the inside course at Carlisle that day and it was all happening too quickly in the conditions. Daryl (Jacob) said he gave him a good feel and he did run quite well to a point. He'll improve for it and could return this weekend at Sandown, providing they get some rain.

Keeper Hill - 5th of five, Wetherby, November 3

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He was disappointing but, again, it was his first run of the season and I'd hope he'll build on it. On reflection he hadn’t actually finished a race since February so it was possibly a bit unfair to ask him to go and win first time out in in this company. I do hold him in high regard, it was just quick enough for him over hurdles going the speed they went. He did have a bit of a snotty nose after the race, too, which can't have helped and may explain the run. I'll probably look to run him in a handicap next, it’s definitely worth looking at anyway, and he might end up with entries in one or two of the Pertemps qualifiers.

Emitom - WINNER, Ascot, November 3

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He was really good again and it's exciting to see how far he can go. He's the one we've put in Cole Harden's box so he's a lot to live up to but he's not disappointed us yet. I'd be in two minds about whether to go hurdling now but I do think a full bumper campaign can be tough as he'd have to go up in class quite steeply. I suspect we'll go over hurdles and I would likely start him off over two and a half miles. He's not short of boot but he might just need to get slicker at his obstacles before we consider two miles over hurdles. I hope he'll get three in the future too so there's a lot to look forward to.

Jammin Masters - 2nd of 13, Carlisle, November 4

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This was really encouraging and when it rains he'll be grand going up in trip. He jumped well and stayed on strongly, which is exactly what I was looking for. He just looks rock solid, they hadn’t got the rain that we expected but he handled it well, especially given the race was half a mile short of what he's really after. A better jump at the last and he might have got up but he's come out of it well and Richard Johnson thinks he’ll progress as the season goes on.

Petticoat Tails - 4th of nine, Carlisle, November 4

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She got a little bit tired, but I’m contemplating whether I look at a few things with her as I did expect to see more. She ran well enough but I was disappointed with her finishing effort. I do think she’s better than she’s showing us at the moment and I just hope I can work her out. I rate her highly so was obviously disappointed with this effort.


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The week ahead...

Top Of The Charts - 1.25 Chepstow, Wednesday

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He's definitely a horse to watch and I like him a lot. He's a bit of a Jack-the-lad and spends plenty of time at home running loose but he's got a lot of talent and hopefully a bright future. It's due to be easy ground and that will be absolutely fine so I'm looking forward to him taking to hurdles.

Drumlee Watar - 3.40 Chepstow, Wednesday

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He runs Wednesday in the 2m3f maiden. It looks quite competitive as you’d expect with the rain now finally arriving but he's pleased me with what he's shown in his work and he’s a good jumper. Will no doubt get a bit further in time but this looks a nice starting point.

The Wolf - 4.15 Chepstow, Wednesday

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I ran him once in the spring but it was too quick for him and he disappointed. Chepstow will suit him better here. He's just a little bit of a nervy type and a work in progress but I felt another bumper run would possibly do him some good before we go hurdling with him. It certainly won't do any harm and if he can win it will be a nice bonus.

La Bague Au Roi - 1.50 Newbury, Thursday

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She's clearly one of the big hopes for the yard this season and it looks like the rain is coming in time for her to return this week. It will be her chasing debut and it looks competitive now but is likely to cut up a bit. She’s schooled well and I'm very much looking forward to getting her started. She gets 7lb off the boys and the trip and the track will be fine. Fingers crossed for a positive start.

Dicosimo - 3.30 Newbury, Thursday

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He won well at Fontwell over hurdles earlier in the year and this will be his first run over fences for us. He's been hard to catch right in the past but is in a better place this year and should be more competitive. He might need softer ground to be seen at his best.

Ector - 4.00 Newbury, Thursday

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He’s quite lazy at home bit that’s common with the sire I believe. His best work has been very good but I just expect him to improve for seeing the track and he's one that can go through the motions a bit on the gallop.

Bodes Well - 12.50 Warwick, Friday

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He's not a definite runner and has a couple of options on the same card. The handicap could be the best of them as he a gets an age allowance. I think we can forget his last run as he'd had enough and has done well for a subsequent break.

Carnspindle - 1.50 Fontwell, Friday

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I hope Fontwell get some rain as she jumps well and is a consistent horse. Doesn't have much in hand off her current mark but another solid effort looks likely.

Printing Dollars & Miss Honey Ryder - 4.05 Warwick, Friday

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Printing Dollar is likely to run here. She looks very straightforward, I like her and she does everything right. She won a three mile point-to-point so is going to want a trip in time but I'm looking forward to seeing her in action. Miss Honey Ryder is likely to wait for the following week.

Invisible Clouds - 12.25 Aintree, Saturday

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He's taken a bit of time to mature as he was weak last year. He's still a bit of a baby but he might go to Aintree this weekend and will improve for the experience I'd expect.

Jackson Hill - 3.55 Aintree, Saturday

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He's a nice recruit and was second in a Ballinrobe bumper. He goes nicely at home and will relish a bit of a slog so will go where the ground is softest.

Mulcahys Hill & Love Nor Money - 2.00 Ffos Las, Sunday

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I’ll decide which of them runs a little closer to the time but they're both good hurdlers and should have more to offer.

Talktomenow - 2.30 Ffos Las, Sunday

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He's in the maiden at Ffos Las and has done everything well in his preparation. He wouldn’t want it too heavy but looks a very nice sort of horse for the future.


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