New recruit Future Investment is ready to start hurdling career

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January 6

We have endured seven seconds or thirds since Edwardstone won at Kempton over Christmas, and Alan is not expecting too many fireworks during January as this is the time when he always does the six-monthly vaccinations.

Add to that ground conditions on racecourses are traditionally at their worst in the first month of the year, and, with the horses all having had a fairly busy time of things, mid-season seems the ideal time to give them a break.

However, while this will be one of the quietest week-ends of the winter for Barbury, Alan, who flies off for his first holiday in two years next week, is hopeful that the brace of c0nfirmed runners on both Friday and Saturday will be competitive.

Alan said:”Future Investment makes his jumping debut in the juvenile hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday. He was a decent horse on the Flat with Ralph Beckett, winning three races, and we bought him for 70,000gns at the Horses-in-Training Sale.

“Future Investment was a proper stayer on the level and might go up in distance later, but two miles here looks the right starting point, especially on this ground, and he has been showing us plenty at home.”

We also run Oceanline on the polytrack at Kempton. He might have bumped into a decent horse of Simon Crisford’s in Famous Star in the boys’ race at Wolverhampton last week and looked pleased to be back on the Flat after an unlucky spell over hurdles.

We are back in action on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on Friday, and Alan said:”Just In Time ran well over a mile and a half there last time, but he’ll be better suited by this step up in trip. He did not take to jumping and is not the force he was, but he is now 11lb lower than he was 16 months ago.”

Our other runner is Fountain Cross in the nine-furlong handicap. Alan added:”He was a useful two-year-old with Richard Hannon and has been working ok at home.

“He was being readied to make his jumping debut a couple of months ago, but he struck into himself schooling. We had to stitch the back of his knee, and it took a long time to heal. It is fine now, but he would not want this ground, so a pipe-opener on the Flat would not do him any harm, and it will tell us where we are with him.”