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  1. #11
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    Overturn, is to go novice chasing, with McCain saying: "We're aiming to have those kind of horses back towards the end of October and November. I don't want to make any firm plans for them yet, but, touch-wood, at the moment they are all grand."

  2. #12
    Hinterland's chasing career has been temporarily put on hold by trainer Paul NichollsThe four-year-old, a Grade Two winner last season, was expected to head straight over fences, but Nicholls has not been able to get as much work into him as he would have liked.

    He is instead likely to start off his season at Chepstow on October 13.

    "Hinterland will probably start off in the four-year-old hurdle at Chepstow," Nicholls told At The Races.

    "We had hoped to run him in a novice chase at the same meeting but, unbelievably, our schooling grounds are still a bit firm so we haven't been able to school them much.

    "Especially with him having a fall on his last run, I wouldn't want to send him over fences not having done enough schooling with him. He'll probably run over hurdles and then go chasing."

  3. #13
    Ruby schollinf for Nicholls ... sat on was Hinterland, basically to decide whether we kept him hurdling - it may not have been the strongest of handicaps at Chepstow but he was very impressive in a seven length win off a mark of 141 on his reappearance - or go chasing.

    "The horse schooled really well this morning, quick and accurate, and Ruby was suitably impressed.

    "So, subject to confirmation with Jared and Chris (owners Sullivan and Giles) the plan is to go chasing now.

    "I have earmarked two possible targets for him next month, at Exeter or Cheltenham, with a view to running him in the Henry VIII, a race we won with Al Ferof last year, at Sandown on Tingle Creek day."

  4. #14
    "Alderwood is shaping up well," said Mullins.

    "He's summered very well. He jumped nicely and I was very pleased with him.

    "He'll obviously need a few more sessions before a race, though.

    "We took him to the Curragh, they have fantastic schooling grounds there and the ground was beautiful. He just popped over a few baby fences with Mark Walsh.

    "He's at least a month away from a run, I expect it will be mid-November before he makes his debut."

  5. #15
    catching Pigeons

    Nicky Henderson was on hand to witness another excellent schooling session from Simonsig in the week and the early signs are hugely promising that this brilliant horse will make the grade as a steeplechaser.

  6. #16
    Will they or wont they

    Track Simonsig View form
    6-y-o; grey gelding
    Breeding: Fair Mix (IRE) - Dusty Too (UK)
    Trained by N J Henderson
    Form: 1-112111
    Top-class novice hurdler around two and a half miles last season winning championship events over that trip at Cheltenham and Aintree. “Has schooled over fences with Barry and was extremely good and the jury is still out about where he starts the season. Barry did think he was a Champion Hurdle horse with plenty of pace for two miles. But he was awfully good schooling over fences.”

  7. #17
    Well very different noises around Simonsig these days. Arkle looks like it could be interesting this year though. Oscars Well did his job well today. Nicholls saying Hinterland reminds him of Azertyioup. Overturn still to come.

  8. #18
    Theatre Guide turned over the hot favourite Hinterland in the Gain Horse Feeds Novices' Chase at Exeter.

    All eyes had been on Paul Nicholls' smart hurdler who is expected to make up into a leading novice chaser this season but it was the year older son of King's Theatre who completed a quickfire double for Colin and Joe Tizzard and owner Jean Bishop following the success of Cue Card half an hour earlier.

    Held-up some way adrift of the early pace as Peckhamecho and Hinterland traded blows, Tizzard allowed his mount to ease into contention in the home straight before sealing victory with a smooth leap at the last.

    Hinterland finished 11 lengths adrift having jumped well in the main but the one mistake he made was a bad one with Ruby Walsh doing well to keep the partnership intact.

    Walsh had been motionless in the straight but when the eventual winner joined issue at the second last, it was clear his early exertions had taken their toll as the response was limited.

    Theatre Guide was handed a quote of 14-1 quote for the Arkle Challenge Trophy by Sky Bet.

  9. #19
    Overturn a big mover yesterday. Top rated hurdler going chasing and now we know he jumps. Age the only negative.

  10. #20
    Roda to Cheltenham Blog

    Earlier in the afternoon, Captain Conan took a decent looking 2m novice chase from Sire De Grugy. Both were rated 147 over hurdles but the winner was much less exposed and he should be up to taking on the best novices. He’s 10/1 for the Arkle but the stable has hot favourite Simonsig and he didn’t look that quick here so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the Jewson, though Nicky Henderson apparently sees him as a 2 miler.

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