ALPHA VICTOR GRAND NATIONAL ENTRY

ALPHA VICTOR has been entered for the Grand National at Aintree on 11th April following his return to form at Wetherby last Saturday where he finished 2nd in the 3m 1f 0-140 Hurdle off a handicap mark of 138. He has now been raised 2 lbs to 140 over hurdles.

Victors next engagement will either be the Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday 14th February or the Eider Chase at Newcastle the following Saturday 21st February.

Alpha Victor 2nd in Midlands National

ALPHA VICTOR put in a fantastic effort in the £100,000 Midlands National at Uttoxeter on saturday to be 2nd under Peter Buchanan at 33-1 for owners Denton, Kinsey, Fifield and Wesley-Yates. He was beaten only 2 1/2 lengths by the well backed favourite Goulanes and it was a further 11 lengths back to the 3rd.

The Racing Post said “Alpha Victor ran a cracker from 5lb out of the weights, moving smoothly into contention but finding the winner too strong.”

This was only his fourth run over fences and he´d refused early in two of them as he has suffered from an on going hind leg problem. He won at Sedgefield on his 2nd start over fences earlier in the season only to refuse the next time at Warwick. After Warwick we treated his problem and continued with his rehabilitation and tried to regain his confidence over fences. He then came out and won a 3 mile hurdle at Bangor on his next run which helped to put him spot on for saturdays effort. He has not been the easiest to train but he is so genuine and days like saturday make it all worth while.

Victor will remain in training for a few more weeks whilst we see how he has come out of the race and while we keep an eye on what the weather is doing. We are hoping that the Welsh Grand National next season will be his main target.

ALPHA VICTOR WINS!

ALPHA VICTOR got off the mark over fences yesterday on his second attempt at Sedgefield in the 3m 3f Novice Chase under Peter Buchanan for owners DENTON, KINSEY, FIFIELD and WESLEY-YATES. They have been very patient as Victor has had a few problems which led to him refusing on his first attempt over fences at Doncaster last season. With a lot of hard work, time and effort from all of the team at Peel to try and get his confidence back over the larger obstacles we were delighted to see it pay off yesterday. He jumped fantastically well as we knew he could and hopefully he will gain some confidence from the win and go on to have a successful novice chase campaign for the remainder of the season.

HARRIS WINS

HARRIS won the 3 mile 1 furlong 0-110 Handicap Hurdle at CATTERICK yesterday for owners Mrs Heaton, Mr & Mrs Vyner-Brookes and Mr Tommy Sharrat. It was there first winner for the yard and Tommy’s first ever winner and the horse ran in his red and white colours. It was a very close finish, so close in fact that the judge could not split them and called a dead heat with only a short head back to the horse in 3rd.

It was more than Harris deserved as he was jumped into at the 3rd flight on his previous outing at Carlisle and had to be pulled up and on his penultimate start before that when he finished 3rd at Ludlow he had to have 5 months off with a bad cut sustained during the race. Thankfully he appears to have come out of the race ok and I would like to think the result should help his confidence bring out a bit of improvement in him. He has already won a point-to-point so may well go novice chasing next.

TODAYS RUNNERS

FOLIE A DEUX 13.40 Southwell

He is back over fences today off a mark of 96 which I feel he is definitely capable of being competitive. He ran well on his previous 2 runs this time both over hurdles. The ground was probably a little too soft for him first time out at Ayr and he would have needed the run a bit too. Last time out at Wetherby he jumped and travelled well and only faded very late to finish 8/18  in what was a very competitive 0-115 3m hurdle.

 

GREATOWN 15.10 Southwell

Being by Great Palm he sometimes struggles with his wind which is what I think happened to him at Sedgefield last time out in heavy ground. He jumped and travelled like the winner until fading before the last. I hope the better ground today may help him in that respect as he does have a level of ability and he should be very capable of winning in the grade he is currently in.

 

MAC STEAMY 15.45 Southwell

He has possibly been the most frustrating horse in the yard this season as he has more ability than what he has been showing on the track this season. He has struggled with a couple of bouts of dirty nose throughout the year but hopefully we are on top of that now and he can show his true colours today, he is another who I feel is potentially well handicapped although he will be better when he goes over fences next year.

All the runners I hope have got each way possibilities and it would be great if one of them could finish with their head in front!

 

 

KYKATE GAINS SECOND SUCCESSIVE CHASE WIN

KYKATE notched up her second success over fences at Kelso on monday in the 0-120 novice handicap chase over 2 miles 1 furlong for her owners David Bithell Racing having opened her account on her previous run at Wetherby over 2 miles 4 furlongs.

She did it in really good style being ridden just in behind the pace all the way. She jumped and travelled really well under Charlie Huxley and hit the front going to the second last and stayed on strongly to win by a neck.

It was of no surprise to the yard as she has been running consistently well all season and the win at Wetherby was probably just the little extra confidence booster that she needed. She seems in good order and we will continue to look for opportunities for her until she tells us it is time for a break.

KYKATE OPENS CHASE ACCOUNT

KYKATE gained her first victory over fences at Wetherby on friday. She won the 0-120 Mares 2m 4f Handicap Chase under Harry Challoner for David Bithell Racing. She ran from the front and jumped superbly putting her opposition under pressure and as a result won by a comfortable 2 lengths.

It was a well deserved first victory over fences having finished 2nd on 3 of her previous 6 outings over the larger obstacles.

The Racing Post said “KYKATE came into this 0-6 over fences, but she´d run a couple of solid races recently from this mark, and she always looked to just be doing enough over the final couple of fences. She shouldn´t go up too much and can continue to give a good account.”

She has always been a fantastic jumper and I feel she has more to offer in this sphere. I hope we will be able to get another win from her before she is turned away for her summer break.

BLAZING DESERT WINS AGAIN & IS FOR SALE!

BLAZING DESERT won again on the all weather at Wolverhampton on saturday night to make it two wins a 2nd and a 4th on his 4 starts at the venue since being with us. There was one none runner leaving a field of 4 and he made fairly light work of it as soon as a gap opened up the inside rail on the home straight, he hit the front going well only to idle a bit before the line to win by a head under Luke Morris.

Dessie will continue to look for opportunities at Wolverhampton as he seems to enjoy it round there and I see no reason why he shouldn’t continue to acquit himself well round there and keep getting in the winners enclosure. We may well also look for another race over hurdles for him around 2 miles as I think he well handicapped in that sphere too.

He is currently under my ownership and is for sale to stay in the yard and is OUTSTANDING VALUE!