Seven seconds in January so far – enter Notachance!

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January 13

Two weeks into 2022 and we have still to celebrate a winner from Barbury, but, though frustrated by the fact that we have already clocked up seven seconds in January, Alan was forced to agree with my sentiment that “the one thing about luck is that it keeps on changing”.

We have a couple of entries for the novice hurdle at Huntingdon on Friday, but two miles around there might be on the sharp side for both Peace River and Presenting Pete, though the likely fast pace might enable both to settle better than they have so far.

Arguably, we have better prospects with Who Cares Wins, who has her last race before she retires to the paddocks in the fillies handicap at Lingfield the same day.

Only four take on Who Care Wins which brought a smile to Alan’s face, as she did too much up front when a change of tactics were employed because of the filly’s wide draw at Wolverhampton last time. Not surprisingly, Who Cares Wins did not get home, but the plan is to drop her in on this occasion and hope for better luck.

On Saturday, Notachance attempts to repeat last year’s win in Warwick’s traditional January marathon, the Classic Chase, and, though Alan would have preferred more rain this week, conditions are still likely to be testing and the emphasis will again be on stamina.

Alan said:”I am a big fan of Warwick, and this race has been a lucky one for Barbury. We won the race with both D’Argent and West End Rocker and Notachance won really well last year and is now back down to the same mark. You can put a line through his next two runs as he was suffering from a nasty injury to a hind hoof, and then the ground was not slow enough for him on his seasonal return at Newcastle.

“Notachance jumped much better in the Tommy Whittle at Haydock when getting his favoured mud -bath again, belying his odds of 50-1 by travelling really well for a long way and only tiring at the third last. That race has put him spot on for this.

“Furthermore, we are trying him in a visor at Warwick and he looked very sharp when we worked him in one at home on Monday, so I hope he’ll again go well.”

“We also run Peckinpah there in the novice handicap hurdle. He never looked happy around Fakenham last time, so back on a more conventional track I’d hope he shows the sort of form that he did previously at Leicester when finishing second. Unlike Notachance, drying ground would only enhance his chance.”

Three of our team head off to Kempton on Saturday, with Jonathan Burke riding the trio. Alan said:”Glide Down learned plenty from his second on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen. He schooled well on Monday and the more the ground dries up the better his chance.

Grisbi de Berce will come on for his comeback run at Taunton, where he ran well for a long way on what was his first race since June, and Rideau Canal also ran ok at Warwick on his first outing since March, though he might not come into his own until he goes down the handicap route later on.”