This week has proved to be a non-event so far due to the freezing temperatures when it should have been our busiest week of the season so far with probably 8 horses running. However there is a glimmer of hope for this weekend with Warwick on Saturday where Admirals Secret reappears in the two and a half mile Handicap Chase – it is a significant step up in class, but the distance is far more suitable for him. He managed to win nicely over a short two miles on his first run of the season at Ludlow, but the ground was very soft that day and they went a strong gallop with the race rather falling apart at the end. On the same card Hartnoll’s Hero goes in the bumper and should, once again, give a good account of himself – he seems to have thrived this winter. If it is cancelled on Saturday they have a back up plan to reorganise the meeting on Monday.
Prospects look reasonable for the Exeter card on Sunday where Run To Milan makes his first racecourse appearance for two years, having sustained an injury and he is going particularly well at home. He is running in a two mile three furlong Novice Chase which is not ideal, but he needs a run to re-start his campaign as soon as possible and he needs it to be on soft ground. On the same card Dancing Shadow goes for the Veterans Handicap Chase run over 3 miles – he seems to be in cracking form at home and taking his racing very well. Exmoor Express will be declared for the Bumper at Exeter, but there is a doubt on whether he will survive the ballot. He is a very nice young horse who ran too freely on his debut at Warwick before Christmas and we have concentrated on settling him in his work at home and hopefully this will help him in his next race.