Top jumps jockey Davy Russell makes a rare appearance on the flat to ride Discoteca at Dundalk, while Oscar Hill is sent across the water to try to raid some prizemoney at Leicester...
We had him entered here last week but the meeting was cancelled because of the weather. It's pretty much as-you-were with him and as I said last week, he's in great form so we hope to raid a few more prizes wherever we can. His mark might still be a bit on the high side for the handicaps at the moment - but he won a claimer at Huntingdon and then a seller at Taunton in his last two starts so we are happy to keep going as we are for now. I mentioned before that he likes going right-handed and another big run is expected.
Discoteca had a tough enough race in a novice hurdle at the Galway Festival last time (carrying a 10lb penalty) but he's in good form so we are going to give him a spin on the all-weather and see how he goes. It will be interesting to see Davy Russell on board; I think this is his first time riding on the all-weather but he is owned by Gigginstown and Davy can do the weight. The horse has been off for a good bit so we are testing the water again and easing him back into racing. All going well, he'll be back hurdling soon with the Ladbroke at Ascot a possibility. As I say, he's in good form so he should give a good account of himself but he does have plenty of weight to carry.
Silverlord is also in good form at the yard but he was quite disappointing at Wolverhampton last time out. As I've said before, he can be a tricky enough horse but he likes it at Dundalk and I think we'll see an improvement. We'll stick with the flat with him for now and at the weights, I'd give him a reasonable each-way chance.
12 December 2012