May 27

Alan King

BASTIEN

“He won his first two, then he got beat at Market Rasen. He was a little bit like Winter Escape as he came home very sick and we couldn’t get him back last season. He has had a long break and looks the best he has ever looked. I’d imagine he would start off over two and half miles, but he probably would get a bit further.”

DESIREMOI D’AUTHIE

“He won his only start in France in a bumper very impressively and will go novice hurdling. We like him a lot. He has been here a couple of months. He just works very well and looks like he could be high class. He will be out this month.”

DINO VELVET

“I am sure he is crying out for a step up in trip as he has never been the quickest. He was a bit unlucky in the Fred Winter. He made a dreadful mistake at the top of the hill and stayed on really well. He is a tough individual.”

DOCTOR BARTOLO

“He has only recently arrived from Charlie Hills’ yard. We will have to see what he is like. He was second behind a good horse of mine called Nathan at Newbury. It is early days and he could be one for juvenile hurdling this season.”

DUSKY LEGEND

“She is going to go chasing. She is a decent mare and has been placed in the last two renewals of the David Nicholson at the Festival. She is very good and is a consistent mare. I think two and a half suits her well, but she might get a bit further. She has always been a very good work mare.”

HAREFIELD

“He has had his two runs in bumpers and will go hurdling now. He has grown a lot and will be ready to start later this month, over either two or two and a half.”

MIA’S STORM

“She is another that is going to go chasing. She was progressive last year and bolted up on her last start at Haydock on good ground over three miles. She is good enough to run over two and a half, but she got the three miles well at Haydock. I wouldn’t want her and Dusky Legend to meet to early, but if you have some of those mares’ Listed races they might have to.”

PADDY BOSS

“He has won his only bumper and looks a decent horse, but it is early days. He had a late break as he won his bumper in May. He has not been back cantering long and won’t be seen until the second half of November. He might have another run in a bumper, we will see.”

RIVER FROST

“I think the plan is to stay hurdling at the moment. It was a good performance at Kempton and he is a decent horse but he got hammered there and put up a lot. Hopefully he can be a decent handicapper.”

SIR ANTONY BROWNE

“I think we will stay handicapping. He finished third at Ayr and went up a long way for that. He is off 141, which is high enough. Unfortunately he had to have a major wind operation at the beginning of last season. It is a pity as he will not be quite the horse he should have been. I feel he really was a proper horse, it was just a shame his wind went.”

TALKISCHEAP

“He did well in the spring. He has won twice over hurdles, but is still a novice for the whole season. Because he was winning in May we gave him a late break. We will either go down the novice or the handicap route, we will just see where we are. Whether he would want winter ground, I’m not sure, as his form did improve on better ground.”

WHO DARES WINS

“He will run in the Cesarewitch, then go back jumping over two and a half. He might stay a bit further and is a grand horse. You would probably aim him at the Coral Cup again unless you decide to go up in trip, then you would try to qualify for the Pertemps. I think he would be worth a try at three as he is not getting any quicker. Running in the long-distance races on the Flat probably just blunts him a bit.”

WILLIAM H BONNEY

“He will stay hurdling this season. He won well at Cheltenham, then I ran him back a bit in the Betfair Hurdle. I think that took the edge of him. He travels very well through his races, but the last two races he didn’t get home. He is in good order and I would like to think we can get him ready for the Greatwood and go straight there.”

WINTER ESCAPE

“It just never happened for him last year. He was a very sick horse after the Greatwood. It took us all winter to get him back. He ran very well at the Festival but then disappointed again in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. It maybe just came a bit quick. He is a very good horse if we can get him right and we have changed a few things. I’d hope he can take to novice chasing well.”

WISHING AND HOPING

“We will probably stay hurdling as it didn’t happen for him over fences last season as he just got on the floor a couple of times. I think there is a good handicap in him. I would like to go back over fences, but we will get a bit more experience into him first.”

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