December 29, 2017
Temperatures are due to rise to double-figures again for Newbury’s final meeting of 2017 tomorrow, so, hopefully, we can build on that exciting Boxing Day debut for Redicean at Kempton by ending the year in style on our local course.
Alan said:”We launch another of our nice young juvenile hurdlers in the opener at Newbury. Nayati is a French-recruit who has been with us a couple of months.
“He is the first horse I have trained for Mike Grech and Stuart Parkin and won a staying maiden on just his second run in the French provinces. He’s schooled well, and we are looklng forward to getting him started.
“in contrast, two starting on the comeback road in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle are Wilde Blue Yonder and Sir Anthony Browne.
“Wild Blue Yonder was a high-class novice two seasons ago, but has been plagued with problems and if it wasn’t for the fact that he has so much ability we would have retired him.
“The owners have been amazingly patient and we’ve decided to give it one more go – remember he finished fifth in a Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and fourth in the Grade 1 at Aintree – and he’s done plenty of work and is ready to roll again.
“However, with this being his first race since the final meeting of the 2015-16 season at Sandown – and that was his first outing for two years – he is obviously going to be race-rusty, so it’s a case of fingers crossed.
“Sir Anthony Browne returns from a shorter break, around eight months. He had a major wind operation 15 months ago and won twice towards the end of last season, but the handicapper put him up 12lb for finishing third in a six-runner novice hurdle at Ayr, which did not please me. He’s high enough off 141, but we need to get him going, too.”