It was a cold and blustery day on October 15th at Seven Barrows with Nicky Henderson and owner’s in his circle gallop. Seeing Middleham Park Racing (MPR) national hunt horses for the coming 2017/18 season. There were seven horses being shown doing there canter around the circle gallop. But unfortunately there was a horse missing, this was Captain Woodie. He is out for the season with a leg injury. But he will be back for the 2018/19 season and stronger in his campaign. Back to the horses who were at the gallops showing there bit in font of their owners. I will be doing a little write up on each of them. Also I will be doing other horses in the national hunt team as well for this season.
IN THE GALLOP RING
Divine Spear, Premier Bond, Du Destin, Jen’s Boy, Special Kaldoun gelding, Duke Debarry, and last Aarmans Wish. They all did a nice few circuits going around the gallop. It was great to see them all out. The only horse that works in the round gallop is Premier Bond and he looked fantastic back to his old self. Because of the deep surface he likes working in there. Also it was great to see Armaans Wish moving well and cantering around. He had an injury that took him out of last season national hunt campaign.
ARMAANS WISH: The three parts Denman chestnut gelding was looking well in himself, parading in front of a small crowd, coming back from his injury from last year. Doing some cantering, is now back from training. They have checked his injury and is 100% clear and ready to rock and roll. He will go over hurdles again this season, but also he jumps, a fence as well. I would think Aarmans Wish will go 2 miles 2 furlongs and extend from there, if he can go further.
DIVINE SPEAR: This fella is a lovely looking son of Oscar, also he looks like he has grown and a powerful chaser, just by coming back from his holiday’s. He had a great last season’s campaign, where he finished well in a hurdle race at Cheltenham on trials day. Also a great win at Fontwell over hurdles, and a very good race to finish second place at Ascot. Now this season he will go novice chasing, and I think this will be a making of him, being a very good chaser indeed. He has the size and scope for these big fences, he has schooled very well over the fences and the distance might see him at 2 mile’s 5 furlongs. But I might be wrong in the distance front. It will be very interesting how he will progress converting hurdles to fences. He is one to watch.
PREMIER BOND: The star of Middleham Park Racing last season. He had a great season and he is an out and out stayer. During last season he won a couple of races in the 3 mile plus division. In small field at Catterick, where he was impressive, just by jumping the fences. I thought, best race I have watched was Premier Bond at Doncaster winning his race against a Trever Hemmings horse (Kerrow). Then he run a great race to finish third place at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir. He is going to be I think a smart staying chaser. I won’t be surprised if you see him in the Kim Muir again this season. Also think he will run in next year Grand National, he has the size and scope to jump these National fences. But he could run in the Eider chase at Newcastle, he is that good.
DUKE DEBARRY: This fella has already run doing this write up, but he went to Kempton over hurdles for the first time in novice company. I was very impressed with his jumping, very slick and travelled well in his race. Just unfortunate he just got tired at the second last hurdle, but he will definitely come on from that run. At the stable visit he looked very well in his coat and the trainer likes him and jumps very well. He will be very good over fences in time, son of Presenting has a good family pedigree.
DU DESTIN: He is a son of Fussie, lovely looking grey gelding when he was parading at the time. By this time writing about him, he has run a bumper which he run at Newbury. He was very green of his first run and education. He will learned a lot from that run. He’s already been schooled over hurdles, he is very good indeed. We’re all lucky to see he’s first schooling over poles. I was very impressed he learned from his mistakes to no mistakes jumping over the poles. That could be his last bumper race. He could go straight over hurdles now this season, be interesting what distance he will start over hurdles. He is my horse to follow this season with Nicky Henderson.
JEN’S BOY (Melinas gelding) and Special Kaldoun (Not Named): Both did a little canter in the circle gallop at Seven Barrows. Both were green did not know what to do (only did some early work). They did some nice canters with the experienced horses, the trainer really likes what he see’s in them. Could be good in there bumper races, they will race next year, hence both will be 4yr olds.
One To Watch: DIVINE SPEAR Horse To Follow: DU DESTIN
Here are other National Hunt horses in the Middelham Park Racing team.
HOLLOW TREE 9yr old with Gordon Elliot: He’s a 9yr old hurdler/chaser and he’s done very well, starting with his new connections this season. With two very good second places so far, he’s going to be a fun horse to be with during the season, you could see him over fences at some stage or a spin over the flat, at the moment jumping is his game. This is the one to watch in Ireland with Gordon Elliot who’ll will be winning with him sooner then later.
LEXINGTON LAW 4yr Old with Alan King: Moved from Richard Hannon stable to change his career jumping over hurdles, he has done well over hurdles, been frustrated in his races. At Ludlow put a very good performance in his race, running in fourth place for the first time in cheek pieces. I think he will win a race later in time, he’s got the ability jumping over these hurdles, he has done well over the flat with Alan King as well.
HERO’S CREEK 4yr Old with Ben Pauling: He is the son of Kalanisi, he’s an absolutely a huge horse an exciting horse to say the least, last time I saw him he looked very well also looked already fit. The trainer is very pleased with him the way he’s progressing on the gallops, a very exciting prospect indeed for his owners. Which I’m involved with and very lucky to be a part of this special horse.
WISE DISGUISE 3yr Old with Jessica Harrington: He is the son of Getaway. From reports he looks a very nice type, things have gone well with him. The trainer is very happy, has a good temperament and everything has gone well so far. Course he will start over bumper races, it’s great to be with another top trainer in Ireland with Jessica Harrington.
One To Watch: HOLLOW TREE Horse To Follow: HERO’S CREEK
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