By News Team
16th December 2021
William Hill ambassador and leading trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies recaps last weekend’s runners as well as previewing his contenders over the next few days.
I was delighted with Guard Your Dreams winning the International Hurdle at Cheltenham last weekend. On ratings he needed to find a fair bit but he’s a horse on the up and he certainly proved that.
He’s in great order and we’ll still have a look at the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day, and there’s also the option of the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock towards the end of January.
Stream Of Stars did well to win at Plumpton on Monday. He was carrying all the weight and it was a nice performance when you consider that.
The Betfair Hurdle remains a possibility, but he’ll have to go up the weights a little bit. He’s a very nice horse so hopefully he can get in there.
Looking ahead to Friday’s racing and One True King (1:45pm) should like it around Ascot. He won well at Sandown last time out and is a horse who enjoys a stamina test.
He stays further than two miles, so a nice stiff hill and some soft ground should be good for him.
I can’t believe I Like To Move It is the outsider of the field in the Grade 2 Novices’ Hurdle (2:20pm)!
He is giving quite a bit of weight away for being a Listed winner, so does have a bit to find as far as ratings are concerned, but he’s one of the most exciting ones in the yard and I think he’s well up to the challenge.
Jonbon’s the talking horse. He was very keen and sweaty at Newbury but is obviously talented, while you could make a case for each of our four rivals.
If we win this then we’ll go down the Supreme route, and if he doesn’t then maybe we look at stepping him up in trip.
Guy, Checkitout and Ballymillsy are all set for runs on Saturday. The first two go at Ascot and both have nice chances, though this is only two weeks on from Checkitout’s Aintree run so hopefully it doesn’t come too soon.
Ballymillsy should get everything to suit at Haydock, he’s a proper stayer and should run a big one.