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Tuesday October 18

We are coming towards the end of the Flat season, so attentions are diverted to jumping and The Racing Post, who have recently kicked off their popular pre-season Stable Tours series, make their visit to Barbury their feature in this morning’s newspaper.

It is well worth a read, with Alan providing plenty of titbits as to who has summered well and who could go where, and, hopefully, it might also point you in the direction of a winner or two, maybe even as early as tomorrow as we have three runners at Fontwell and one at Worcester.

Alan said:”Azzerti gets us started when he makes his jumping debut in the opening novice hurdle. He ran twice in bumpers last season and travelled like the best horse in the second of them at Warwick in April. However, though he started favourite, he got tired late on in the testing ground, and it was at a time when our horses were not really firing. He has been working well at home and we are looking forward to getting him started in his new career.

“We then have Board of Trade running in the handicap hurdle. He was a bit leggy and weak last season, and, though he has filled his frame through the summer, he will benefit from another season over timber before we switch to fences next year. He starts off over this two miles and five, but will stay further in time.

“Finally at Fontwell we have Peggies Venture running in the mares bumper. She is a new arrival who won her Lingfield bumper on her only run last season, and, being by Presenting, the drying ground should suit her.

“We have just the one runner at Worcester, Passmore in the mares novice hurdle and, with Wayne Hutchinson at Fontwell, she will be ridden by Tom Cannon, who is our second jockey this season. Passmore is only four and showed promise in bumpers last season, but she is the first foal from that good racemare Call Me A Legend, who was successful in bumpers, hurdles and chases for us, so it will be good to see her start rolling over timber.”