Santini and Bristol de Mai proved to be in a different league from some potentially useful novices including our eyecatcher Top Ville Ben, who paid the price of trying to go with the pair from a long way out and weakened badly at the death. You can't win them all and we are still showing a healthy level stakes profit.
This week we have two more eyecatchers for you to add to the stable and hopefully they will help keep the profits rolling in. Both horses are unexposed but look progressive and should win races before the end of the current season.
Read on to see who they are and in what sphere they are likely to be able to find the winners enclosure for us.
The team at Cleeve
27th December - 1.00 Wetherby, 888Sport Novices Chase (Class 4) 3M
Coole Hall is an eight-year-old bay gelding trained by Rose Dobbin. His sire is Flemensfirth and his dam is Coole Assembly. He has had six runs over hurdles, winning three and finishing second twice. His four chase runs to date have seen him finish second twice and third once. The latest run at Wetherby was a solid effort in a three runner race over three miles. Perhaps the visor he wore actually had a detrimental effect on the day and cheekpieces may be the answer…
Coole Hall’s runs to date have all been at class three or below but he still has some improvement to come and may be able to win at above that level over fences. He needs a real stamina test and plenty of cut in the ground to show his best form, but with the right type of headgear applied we can see him exploit his current mark.
11th January, 4.00 Warwick - Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) 2M
Here Comes McCoy is a five-year-old briar gelding trained by Olly Murphy. He has had just the one run under rules in a National Hunt flat race easily beating Wildfire Warrior by 4 1/4 lengths over two miles at Warwick. His sire is Dylan Thomas (of flat fame) and the dam is Is It Here so he’s bred to have plenty of toe.
Olly Murphy has stated that he is aiming Here Comes McCoy at the Cheltenham festival bumper, as he rates the horse highly. However, he will be out before them to gain more experience and so can gain wins in decent prep races before he lines up at the Festival.