Week 48 horse racing news
Nicky Richards’s 12 year old jumper Monet’s Garden has come across a setback due to a serious foot abscess the horse is suffering from lately. So far all plans for Monet’s Garden have been set aside by his trainer, including his run in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon next month, until he’s fully recovered. Richard said the horse has seen better days but is making his way towards full recovery.
Saturday’s fixture at Sandown, , featuring the Tingle Creek Chase, is still very much doubtful as the weather conditions continue to be unsuitable for racing following a Sunday inspection of the racing track. Andrew Cooper, clerk for the Sandown course, said temperatures will have to be higher than forecasted or the two day meeting will face relocation.
7 year old Pandorama might be given a chance to have go and race at Christmas by his trainer Noel Meade, after being pulled up by jockey Paul Carberry in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday as the horse struggled to hard to get in the race. Pandorama holds an excellent form of 75% strike rate, having 12 starts and 9 wins over hurdles since February 2007.
Ed Dunlop‘s trained filly Snow Fairy, landed in Hong Kong to take her chances in the Hong Kong Cup on December 12. Snow Fairy is aimed at Hong Kong Cup with a staggering record of winning both the English and Irish Oaks and winning the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan. Connections have decided however not to race her in Japan Cup after having a hard time in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative.
Trainer Paul Nicholls reported his leading hurdler Kauto Star is in top conditions for his attempt to achieve a fifth win in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton, which will take place on December 26. Kauto Star is currently favourite with 11/8 due to his bid over a fifth win. Nicholls expressed his content with the veteran jumper and his progress throughout the training.
The 6 year old jumper Binocular will probably attend the William Hill Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. Beaten to third by Peddlers Cross in the Fighting Fifth at Newbury on Saturday and by Go Native in last year’s William Hill Christmas Hurdle, Binocular will put his best efforts in claiming the first place to justify his excellent form.