Donald has live chances at both Bangor and Cheltenham on Friday and gives us his verdict on his four runners.
"He (Sydney Paget) had a nasty fall at Kelso on his chasing debut and he came back very sore....."
He's a nice horse and he travelled well for a long way at Aintree on his debut but the ground was too soft for him there and he got a bit tired. It might well prove to be too soft for him here too but it didn't walk too badly the other day and although it's a biggish field, only a handful have a realistic chance. I would like to think we were one of those!
He had a nasty fall at Kelso on his chasing debut and he came back very sore. I am running him back over hurdles to try and get him enjoying racing again - it was a nasty experience and we need to get his head right. Callum (Whillans) rides him every morning and he knows him well so he takes the ride - he's got top weight too so taking 5lb off won't hurt. I am not really sure what to expect from him but the plan is to go back chasing after this.
He's still a bit immature and I think he is going to come on for the experience. He's a half-brother to Railway Dillon and I wouldn't think we would be seeing the best of him until he gets a trip and/or fences in time. He's ready for a run though and this is a good place to introduce them.
He hasn't won over fences yet but he hasn't done anything wrong and he should really appreciate the conditions. I wouldn't really want any more rain for him but if it stays as it is he should be fine. It's a Cheltenham novice chase so it's never going to be easy but he gets weight from a few of them and hopefully he will show us what he can do.
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