A weekend of chances

17/11/2011

Dissent will be running this afternoon over the same course and distance as his last start where he destroyed the field. As expected the handicapper gave him a pretty high mark of 82 so there is quite a difference between the 5 runner maiden he won and the 11 strong handicap this afternoon and his ability will be tested far more today. We appear to have him in the right place however as it looks like he will be going off favourite for the race. We don’t see why reason why he shouldn’t justify that. He is a lovely type, strong and well built. He looks a million dollars and has had a very easy season.  The experience of today’s race will do him the world of good and he can build on whatever the outcome is. 

Kempton again tomorrow with Full Bloom and Hallmark Star. Fresh from her cosy win last time out, Full Bloom steps up in trip to 1m2f. She has always been a filly who looks after herself at home so it has been an easy job for us to keep her fresh and lively. She is not the easiest of rides in a race so it is to her advantage that Keiran O’Neil was able to partner her again. He seemed to get on with her very well last time so let’s hope we can have a repeat of that!
It will be Hallmark Star’s third run tomorrow. We had been looking forward to running him again after his first two runs showed such big potential. He has proven himself to be a very professional young man and has taken his races very well. We have been unlucky in the draw as we have been drawn in the car park but we can only do our best. Dane O’Neil rode him last time out so will hopefully know how to manage him. 

Off to the north on Saturday where Prince Alzain and Nordic Quest are both taking part in the extended 1m maiden although in separate divisions. 
We have been very excited about the prospects of Prince Alzain for a while now. He is a fine, strapping looking colt with huge ability and a great attitude towards his work. Again, we have been drawn in the car park which is not a great help to us but he will be quite happy to settle wherever he finds himself in the race. He has a big galloping stride so it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he found himself further back than ideal. We are sure he would make up for lost ground. He will be going into the race in perfect order; we are very happy with him both physically and mentally and are hoping for a good show.  
Nordic Quest has matured a lot since his debut run at Yarmouth. He is a typically cheeky colt who has taken a while to focus on the job in hand. We are sure that with every run he will continue to mature and we will have a nice horse to play with by next season. He is drawn slightly more favourably in stall 7 and if the penny drops in time there is no reason he shouldn’t run well. 

Maristar went off for a well earned holiday in Florida today where the current temperature is 80 degrees. She will be turned out while the weather allows and then be brought in at night time when it starts to get cooler. She achieved so much this year in the States and will only be a better filly next year. The possibilities for a horse like her in America are mind blowing and we can’t wait to see her shine. 

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