Here’s hoping for another week-end celebration

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September 21

The ex-Roger Charlton-trained Casement makes his debut for us over hurdles at Newton Abbot today, while turn the clock forward 24 hours and we have four runners on the Flat – two at Newbury and one at both Ayr and Newmarket – so fingers crossed one or more of them might follow up Just In Time’s celebrations last week-end.

Rain would be appreciated for all, but, while the mud-loving Chatez will get plenty of juice in the ground in Scotland, where his target is the mile handicap, he has had precious little action over the last three and a half years, and it will be just good to get him back on the track. He has been dropped 5lb since his last run on the level, so here’s hoping he runs well and comes back safe and sound.

Coeur de Lion is 13lb higher than when finishing second to stablemate Who Dares Wins in the Newmarket Cesarewitch Trial last year, and, while that looks harsh as he has only managed a solitary victory on the fibresand at Southwell since, he has been running well in the top staying handicaps so we can’t complain too much. HQ is a track which will suit him much better than Goodwood last time.

Beringer, who runs in the £75,000 Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury, can boast two wins and three more places since he finished second at Newmarket in May, consistency that has earned him a rise of 22lb up the ratings. He now takes on the older horses but will hopefully again be competitive.

Nathan joins Beringer on the short trip to our local course, and, while he has failed to fire in three runs this season, the continued spell of fast ground meant that two of them came on the all-weather, and he’ll appreciate being back on turf as he tries a mile and a half for the first time in the Dubai Duty Free Surprise Handicap.