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Shewearsitwell (W.P. Mullins)Winner of all three starts (Bumper and two Hurdles) she was particularly impressive at Tipperary October 4th when winning a Grade 3 Novice Hurdle. The runner up Goodbye Someday was rated 141 going into that race and remains the same despite being comprehensively beaten by our pick by an easy 8L. This suggests Shewearsitwell is capable of stepping up in class and the Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Ferstival could be the ultimate target. Meanwhile the Royal Bond at the Fairyhouse December Festival has been mentioned by connections.
Saint Roi (W.P. Mullins)Impressive when winning the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on only his third start for connections. He quickened clear from the last and won with a bit in hand. He reappeared at Tipperary on October 4th in a Grade 3 Hurdle and quickened approaching the second last and went clear and while he wasn't perfect at the last he ran out an easy winner as he was probably entitled to against inferior opponents. He was raised 5lb to 156 after this and as he is highly regarded by connections it's no surprise to see him with an entry for the Morgiana Hurdle on November 15th.
Easy Game (W.P. Mullins)He got his Chase career of to an impressive start beating his more fancied stablemate Allaho at Leopardstown last Christmas over 2m5f. He then went down to the great Faugheen by half a length in the Grade 1 Novice over 2m5f at the Dublin Festival. He then fell behind Champ when fading in the RSA at Cjeltenham, finished down the field on his reappearance in the Galway plate. He was given an easy task at Tramore in August and duly obliged before winning the Grade 2 PWC Champion Chase at Gowran over 2m4f. The later distance seems to be his trip and he is entered in the Grade 2 at Down Royal over 2m3f110y this coming Saturday.
Copperhead (Colin Tizzard)Following his chasing debut this time last year where he raced keenly and faded Copperhead ran uo a hat trick of wins culminating in a Grade 2 victory at Ascot where he might have been flattered by the 17L winning distance. He fell behind Champ when weakening in the RSA but the stables horses seemed under a cloud at that time. He holds an entry for the Grade 2 Hurdle at Wetherby 31st October ahead of crack at the Ladbroke Trophy. As a 6yo he should have more improvement in him.
Eldorado Allen (Colin Tizzard)The Tizzards are really buzzing about this horse and are quoted in the Racing Post Stable Tour saying this one is their best 2m chaser by a long way. He went into my tracker after winning at Newton Abbot on October 11 when beating Stormy Island 2L on his Chasing debut. He jumped beautifully behind Stormy Island apart from a mistake at the last. It will be interesting to see where he goes next.
Whiteflagman is pleased that Joe Mc Nally is happy for us to republish his excellent articles covering the world of Steeplechasing. Joe has worked in the racing and betting industry most of his life, latterly as marketing manager for Aintree Racecourse then commercial director on the board of Tote Bookmakers. He has been writing part-time for thirty years - freelance articles and fiction, seven published racing novels co-written with his friend, ex-top steeplechase jock, Richard Pitman. Joe's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm provides so much to lovers of National Hunt racing.