Festive runners

I had a couple of nice winners over Christmas, including Zambella and Vienna Court.

The former really pleased us at Doncaster on the 29th and will now be aimed at the 2m Listed mares’ chase at Leicester in a week’s time.

Hopefully she can continue her good run of form and be right in the mix come Cheltenham in March.

It would have been Daryl’s [Jacob] ride, so I wish him a speedy recovery and the best of luck when he next has the chance to partner her.

As for Vienna Court, the whole team is delighted to have seen her win twice at Cheltenham.

We weren’t entirely sure what sort of season we were in for with her, but she’s proved to be really progressive.

We’re working back from Cheltenham with her too now and she’ll probably take in the valuable mares’ race at Huntingdon before then.

Guard Your Dreams ran a bit of a quiet race in the Relkeel to be honest.

Although he still put up a solid performance, we think he’s better than that and the plan now is to work back from the Aintree Hurdle.

He’s come out of the race well but is now due a little bit of downtime to get him right for his next run.

He’s versatile in terms of trip, though we’d probably prefer it a little softer if running over just two miles, and he’s got a great attitude.

Fingers crossed for another big day or two with him this season, then we very much look forward to taking him over fences.

Tolworth Hurdle

I’ve been over to Dr Newland’s yard to school Whizz Kid and everything he did was really pleasing.

It’s a very competitive race to start him off in, but at the end of the day you need to get a gauge on what he might be capable of moving forward.

Some of his form in Germany and France looks pretty good, so there’s every hope that he can run well in this company.

This will be a big day at school for him and we’ll learn a lot, but everything I’ve done on him at home has been nice and I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

I’d back Dr Newland 100 per cent, so if he thinks it’s worth having a go, then it’s worth having a go.

I thought Constitution Hill looked incredibly smart at Sandown on his first start under rules.

He was very impressive on the day and it looked a competitive race, so given the way he won that he’s the obvious one.

Other Sandown rides

I’m looking forward to getting back on Goa Lil.

He did fantastically early on in the season then hurt his foot a little bit later in the autumn, but everything’s fixed and he’s better now.

We’ve got to appreciate it’s his first run back for a few months, but he’ll be well suited by the track and trip so fingers crossed for a good run.

I’m looking forward to Dashing Perk.

It was very much a case of giving him a run at Haydock, where conditions got very testing on the day, and he travelled and jumped with loads of enthusiasm which is what you always want to see with these older horses.

He’ll be a good deal fitter for that run and can hopefully run a massive race.