It was interesting to read Paul Nicholls inform he was struggling to get his horse’s fit first time out this season and the majority of runners had needed the run. The interview with the Racing Post didn't state the reason why his horses aren’t fully fit but it’s likley down to the long dry summer we had and horses not working on grass, something that I touched on last week.
October is a difficult month, the majority of trainers don’t want horses fully fit at this time of the year and like to leave some improvement in them whilst at the same time need them straight enough to do themselves justice.
Paul Nicholls has ran a few well-regarded types of late that have been turned over at short odds, don’t give up on these it’s a marathon not a sprint whilst it would take a brave man to oppose Mr Nicholls being Champion Trainer once again come end of the season.
Our winter horses are coming along nicely, Rhythm Star is doing her final prep work for her first run of the season “hopefully in the next two weeks” whilst our latest recruit Dino Mite is now in full work and pleasing Jamie Snowden, she will be ready to run in December.
Two jump meetings this afternoon and a few above average types make their seasonal debuts.
It’s impossible to know how fit they are but Deputy Dan was a smart novice hurdler last season, trainer Oliver Sherwood will be hoping for a good start to fences whilst Lady Buttons looked a well above average filly in bumpers and could take high rank in mares hurdles going forward.