Miko De Beauchene well on course for tilt at second Welsh National; STABLE TOUR EXTRA We complete our series with running plans for the most exciting horses in more than 20 British stables.
VICTORY does not always go to the big battalions over jumps - big winners come from many different backgrounds and plenty would be missed by concentrating on the major yards.
So to round off our Stable Tour series, we've spoken to trainers throughout the UK to try to unearth some of the most interesting horses not covered in these pages in the previous six weeks. They include contenders for the King George VI Chase, Grand National and Champion Hurdle.
Interviews by David Carr
ROBERT & SALLY ALNER
9g Right Win - Mrs Cullen
Martin Short 015-691
He could go back to Sandown but he doesn't like soft ground - we were surprised when he won there this month as we thought it was too soft and we thought we would run him and get him down in the handicap. How wrong can you be? He could go for the Kim Muir in the spring, but that is a long way off.
Miko De Beauchene
8g Nashamaa - Chipie D'Angron
Andrew Wiles U/2112P-
He could run in the Pertemps qualifier at Newbury, then he'll go for the Welsh National - he ran a great race in it last year with the aid of Andrew Thornton. He was pulled up in the Scottish National but he had poison coming out of a hind foot coronet band. It took about a week to get the pus out - he was fine afterwards but that is why he didn't go a yard at Ayr. Everybody says the ground can't be soft enough for him, but does he have to have it bottomless? I just think he stays.
7g Accordion - Shuil Na Lee
George Ward 1288-23
He has taken a bit of time to get the hang of jumping, but it was better again last time and I think he will keep improving over fences - he probably wouldn't be as good as he was over hurdles at this stage, but it will come in time. We'll be thinking about the handicap route for him and until his jumping improves we are going to keep him at 2m4f - he goes on any ground.
9g Roselier - Cotton Gale
Mr & Mrs R Scott 1F1P-4P
He came back from Carlisle with a blood disorder, his run there was too bad to be true. He has just started cantering and is a lot brighter, so hopefully we are back on track. We have had to revise his programme as that run burst the bubble a little bit, so we will try to find something a bit lowergrade; we had been looking at the Welsh National.
5g Zilzal - Arantxa
Dr D S Myers & A S Reid 19001-3
He is very exciting, we were thrilled with him at Warwick. There are races at Kempton, Lingfield and Newbury next week and he will probably run in one of those. We think there will be a bit of improvement - he is quite a tense horse at home so he wouldn't have been totally wound up, else he would have been over the top before the season got going. He is progressive and is only five, and we have always thought he would be a better chaser than hurdler. He is quite headstrong and I don't think he would get any further than 2m.
7g Selkirk - Alouette
Kingsclere Racing Club 0132-1P
Unfortunately he got struck into at Huntingdon last time, but he should be back in full work in another couple of weeks. We will go for either a novice handicap or another novice chase. I am sure he is capable of winning a half-decent race, but I think he has to prove himself a bit before we think of Cheltenham. I think we will probably drop him back to 2m and he probably wants top-of-the-ground.
8g Halling - Lower The Tone
Miss E J Lambourne 016-21/1
He has come out of Kempton very well and will go back for either the King George or the Desert Orchid, but we won't make that decision until much nearer the time. It hinges on what turns up for either race. I would like to think he will stay 3m and if he is going to get it anywhere it will be at Kempton, but if it looks like a red-hot King George and everybody is turning up to take on Kauto Star we would probably give it a swerve. He wouldn't want the ground too soft but anything else would be fine. He is still a terrific prospect because he hasn't got that many miles on the clock.
5g Kayf Tara - Plaid Maid
The Oaksey Partnership 12110-2
He ran a lovely first race over fences at Uttoxeter - What A Friend was stopping in front and with another 200 yards we would have gone by him. He came back a bit stiff, he has had a bonescan and that is all clear so we know we can crack on, but we will be careful with him. He is a baby - his mother didn't mature until she was six or seven and he is doing it on raw ability. He will probably run again around Christmas time, then have two or three more runs before Cheltenham. He goes on heavy ground but not on glue.
10g King's Ride - Cuilin Bui
Piers Pottinger And P B-J Partnership 1P121-P
He didn't go in the soft ground the other day at Cheltenham, and he is fighting Race Planning as he wants good ground and is rated over 135. But he is in great form and will be campaigned in all the long-distance races, preferably going left-handed.
9g Accordion - Winnowing
Lady Lloyd-Webber 1113P/3
He had a tendon - once a horse has injured a tendon there is always a risk of re-injury - but at the moment it is fine and he is training well. I was very pleased with his run at Haydock and he will be even better on a more galloping track.
9g Alflora - Rim Of Pearl
John P McManus 0/1111F
He's progressing well and I am pleased with him. He got held up by an infection in his hock but that subsided very quickly, and hopefully we will find a race for him before Christmas. I have put him in the King George, but that is because you can't run if you don't have an entry, and it is just an entry at this stage.
5m Muhtathir - Kruguy
Ronald Brimacombe 212125-
She has been held up by a pulled muscle but I am not too concerned. She is going to be a difficult horse to place as she has to go lefthanded and is rated 146, but I am not averse to running her back over hurdles and I think that she will stay further - she was second over 2m5f over hurdles at Kempton last year.
8g Teenoso - True Clown
Mr & Mrs Peter Orton 6/141/F1/
Rubberdubber is another horse on the comeback trail. He won the 2m chase at the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham two years ago, but he injured a tendon, which was very disappointing as he had such a bright future. It has taken us this long to get him back, but he is back cantering and - touching all wood - we hope we will be able to get him on the track this season.
6g Halling - St Radegund
J J Staunton 3110-3
He has just come back from his holidays. The plan is to go jumping with him again and I hope we will be able to get him ready for one of the big handicap hurdles. I think there is still a bit left in him. He will probably want a bit further than 2m this season, he'll probably want 3m. And he wants proper ground, that's why we have brought him back now - hopefully he will get the better ground in the spring.
6g Oscar - Rabbit Sand
G Thompson 101-124
Had an impossible task with his 10lb penalty in his novices, but he is now qualified for handicaps under the new rules and hopefully we can enjoy him in 0-145 handicaps over 3m. I think that will be his trip. He has a funny way of running, he looks very lazy in the early part of a race, but he has run only three times over fences and chasing is all about practice. The natural thing would be to take him back to Haydock, he obviously got on well there.
Lampion Du Bost
9g Mont Basile - Ballerine Du Bost
The Dodoz Partnership P11756-
He has had a wee niggly injury but I think he will be back. He is going to come back into training next month and we will see how he is, but he will be trained for a spring campaign and the plan would be to go back to Aintree. We could do with going up maybe 5lb and getting in the Grand National. It is debatable whether he would stay, but the first thing is he has to jump round - but he may be more likely to be a Topham horse.
Hills Of Aran
6g Sadler's Wells - Danefair
David Hughes Mike Evans and Partners F1530-1
He'll run in the Toteswinger Staying Hurdle at Newbury at the Hennessy meeting. He is up to 148 and I think he is still open to improvement, I have said all along that the horse has trained better and stronger. He is still only six and he is improving, and where are the big guns this year? They are certainly not thick on the ground. We have schooled him over fences but I think he hasn't reached his best yet, and that's why we are keeping him hurdling.
6g Moscow Society - One To Two
David Hughes Mike Evans and Partners 219-613
He could go to Newbury at the weekend, he has a couple of options in a novice chase or a handicap. He is rated 131 over fences, which I think is a fair mark, and he could probably do something off that. He will probably end up going for the Feltham at Kempton on Boxing Day, and we will run him once more before then. I have yet to run him on what I feel is his ground - I have entered him on good/good to firm and gone to the track and it has been soft or heavy - and you will see a big step up in class when he hits it. On good ground I think you will see a polished performer. I will probably keep him at 2m4f/2m6f before the Feltham, and Kempton is a very easy 3m.
4g Largesse - Palmstead Belle
Woodgate Family 5131-F4
He had a great year last year but he is quite high in the handicap now. He fell early on in the Swinton and chipped a bone in his elbow. He ran okay at Haydock last time but he is a stuffy horse and probably needed the run, so I hope he will come on for it. I could try him over fences after Christmas, we'll see. He has plenty of speed and I'll keep him to 2m, and he's all right on decent ground.
8g Lord Americo - Endless Patience
Tunnel Vision 11731-3
He is a heavy-ground horse and is entered in a couple of beginners' chases next week. He needed the run badly at Carlisle, he had had a couple of early-season problems and that was quite a stiff test. He is also in a Pertemps qualifier at Newbury, but I am quite keen to kick on with him over fences as there are all those nice staying chases that are ideal for his sort of horse - he is slow but he loves the bottomless ground.
6g King's Theatre - Jambo Jambo
Alan Halsall 0911P-4
Looking back on his run at Carlisle, people might say he wasn't quite fit enough. I don't think he quite stayed up the hill, as he looked the winner all the way until between the last two fences. He jumped brilliantly and really enjoyed himself. He is entered at Kempton, Newbury and Taunton this week and - touch wood - he will make amends.
4g Grape Tree Road - Prairie Runner
He won three on the Flat on soft ground this season and came from Elie Lellouche's in France in September. He's been gelded and had a break and done really well for it. He might go to Taunton on Thursday or Newbury this week. His Flat form suggests he will be a decent hurdler and I love him, he is a lovely little horse. He is only going to improve as the season goes on and he's going to love soft ground.
4g Hernando - Sierra
Alan Halsall 148-63P
He ran really well at Sandown but made mistakes at the last two fences. I wondered at the back of my mind whether that had dented his confidence slightly, and it looked like it had the way he jumped at Warwick last week. Tony McCoy said he came to the first and jammed the brakes on. We will probably leave chasing for the time being, then try him again come April/May time when all the good horses have been losing their novice status.
9g Relief Pitcher - Lothian Rose
Peter Maddison 313145-
He had a bit of a setback in the summer when he had a nasty bout of gravel hoof abscess. It is possible the Rowland Meyrick Chase will be his first run. He is hard to get fit, but I won with him first time out last year and I know him well. He will be targeted at the Scottish National or the Bet365 Gold Cup but there are quite a lot of possibilities - he stays very well but has plenty of speed to run at shorter trips. He loves quick ground but his best form is on soft or heavy, just by coincidence. He is on 135 over fences and I would say he deserves at least that, and he isn't finished over hurdles either.
9g Roselier - Park Breeze
Old Moss Farm U1315-4
He seems in really good order and we are hoping to go back to Punchestown to try to win the John Durkan Chase again. He won it last year and it was probably one of his most impressive wins. If things go well we will consider the Lexus at Christmas and the Hennessy after that. He will have an entry for the Ryanair, but every time he has gone to Cheltenham in the championship races he has not performed. But we just want to get him back on track after Down Royal. I wasn't happy with him even when he went out on to the track there, and Daryl Jacob said he wasn't his usual zesty self. All the tests came back negative, but I have known him for years and it wasn't him on the day. Don't write him off, I think he still retains a lot of ability, and he seems to be working really well at the moment.
Chief Dan George
8g Lord Americo - Colleen Donn
Maurice Chapman 746707-
He is entered for a 2m4f beginners' chase at Sedgefield tomorrow and has been jumping very well, I have had Richard McGrath down to school him. I am going to Sedgefield as they are nice easy fences and I just want him to jump round and go from there. I want to get his confidence back and we will play on the smaller tracks for a while first. We have a long-term plan of turning him into a really good staying handicap chaser, or possibly even better, but my first aim is to get him a good education. My horses were sick for a lot of last year but I think they are in much better form now. I ride him every day and he seems in very good form.
9g Darshaan - Stellina
Ben Arbib 0/11P61-
He's had a bit of a setback so we won't see him until later in the season - he might be back in February, he might be back in April. This is a different problem to those he has had before and it is mendable within a season, but it couldn't have happened at a worse time. Having said that, we probably wouldn't be running him anyhow because it has been so wet. Spring-time seemed to be his best time last season, but I have always thought he would be very difficult to place as he is rated 149 and needs a flat course and decent ground.
6g Tiraaz - Candy Bar
The Supreme Partnership 211162-
He will probably end up going for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, though it will probably be too short for him, then I would consider the Long Walk at Ascot. It was a mistake to run him on the Flat, he just didn't seem to enjoy himself, so I won't do that again. He did nothing wrong over hurdles last year until Aintree - two years running he has run below form there, so perhaps the track doesn't suit him. He ran some very solid races and has shown enough promise to say that he could still be top class, so I am going to try the top-flight hurdles this year and then definitely go chasing next season.
7g Flying Legend - Burren View
Thomas Thompson 121P6-4
He's had a little bit of a setback - it is only a minor one but I am probably going to leave him and give him a spring campaign. I was chuffed to bits with his first run of the season over hurdles and I was devastated we couldn't run him in the Badger Beer or the Hennessy, but he wouldn't have liked the ground anyway, it has gone very soft. He could well go back to Sandown for the Bet365 Gold Cup, and his hurdles run was very respectable, so we have two options with him. Any trip over 3m2f is perfect for him.
10g Nikos - Ladoun
MSt Quinton & P Deal 25PF1-U
He ran an okay race at Wincanton, he is like that first time out. He is going to run in the new London National at Sandown on Tingle Creek day; he loves Sandown, he has won there before and it is his track, so it is the obvious race to go for.
6m Busy Flight - Jaunty June
P A Deal 512114-
She was ready to roll but had a little hiccup and went lame, but she has had injections in her hind legs and will be back in work in the next week. It was just a minor bit of stuff and hopefully she will be on a racecourse just before Christmas. I will try to find a 2m4f-2m6f mares' novice chase for her - she has schooled super and is very much one to look forward to.
7g Bien Bien - Dissolve
P K Gardner 2830P-3
He came back very sore after his race at Huntingdon, he had muscle problems behind. He made a mistake down the back, where I think he got bumped into and twisted a whole lot of muscles, but he is back in full work and he will be running in the first week in December. He will stay chasing. I was quite satisfied by the way he ran at Huntingdon, he just needs a bit of confidence.
6g Vitus - Linns Heir
Lord Daresbury & Matthew Green 3/2D110-
A half-brother to Turbo Linn and is a fair sort. He ran a little bit disappointingly on the Flat in the summer but he's coming good. He may have a run over hurdles, then go novice chasing. He is high enough in the handicap over hurdles off 134, but he will jump fences - he is a natural and jumps for fun. Oliver or Tom Greenall will ride him.
Touch Of Irish
6g Kayf Tara - Portland Row
Bill A Walker 4/1125-
He is going to run in 2m-2m4f National Hunt novice hurdles. He came in late but he is just about ready to run. He's a nice sort, did nothing wrong last year and was one of the best bumper horses around. He's a fair tool and has been schooling very well.
11g Alflora - Royal Birthday
Andy Chard, Boris Thompson, Alan Jackson 302-934
I was absolutely delighted with him in the Ascot Hurdle, he ran his heart out. Colin Bolger said he just emptied after the last but would definitely stay the trip on good ground. We might have a crack at the Christmas Hurdle, he likes Kempton. He is 11 now and I would say he probably won't go back over fences until everyone is brave enough - he jumps brilliantly at home but has made a couple of silly mistakes on the track and it has done in his confidence a little bit.
8g Supreme Leader - Stormy Petrel
John and Heather Snook 4/588F-2
He won't be out until Christmas as he had a little problem, he pulled muscles in his back. He will stay novice chasing - the ground was good to firm when he ran over fences in May. He is a 149-rated hurdler and on heavy ground he is a bloody good horse.
9g Flemensfirth - Forest Gale
R E Dimond 5642-31
He had a hard enough race at Cheltenham and took a nick off his leg. We have to make a decision over the Hennessy. We probably overraced him before Christmas last year, but we won't be accused of that this time as if he doesn't go for the Hennessy we will wait for a while. He will have an entry for the Grand National - he has got it written all over him as he can gallop, jump and stay.
7g Supreme Leader - Bonnie Thynes
Robert and Sarah Tizzard 13U22-4
He was our Welsh National horse and he ran well enough in the Badger Beer, he has always needed his first run. He might go to Newbury for a 0-135 2m6f race this weekend, as we need to get him back winning races.
The Jazz Musician
6g Tiraaz - Royal Well
The Jazz Club 22/221-
He had a slight setback a month ago. He banged his back leg schooling over fences, and he will stay over hurdles now as it is going to be Christmas before he runs. His form is rock-solid, so we will find an intermediate hurdle and take it from there. He has been a bit delicate, he is a tall, thin horse, but we still think we have got a lovely horse for the next two or three years. Any time he needs he will get - I have said he is potentially the best young horse we have had, and nothing has changed there.
7g Mister Lord - Pharisee
He was disappointing in the Paddy Power but hopefully he just got stuck in the ground a bit, the jockey said he didn't travel through the race as well as he does on good ground. It wouldn't be impossible he could go back there, but the ground would be a big factor. I might try to find a lesser handicap but he is rated high enough that he has got to go for some of the big stuff. I think he will always be best at 2m4f.
6g Montjeu - Gentle Thoughts
Dr John Hollowood 1962-13
He will go for the Fighting Fifth if the ground is anything like all right, I wouldn't run him if it was soft. I would have liked to run him in the Greatwood, but am probably pleased I didn't as I think we would have struggled to give the winner a stone and a half on that ground. I'd like to hope he is good enough to go for the Champion Hurdle, but it is a long way from being a decent handicapper. When Graham Lee rode him at Ascot, he thought he had got stronger.
6g Platini - Bukowina
Mr & Mrs J Timmons 11P65-1
He had a great year last year and it will be a hard act to follow, but he has schooled really well over fences so we hoped he would take to chasing. He ran a blinder at Fakenham after a shaky start, he jumped very well in the end and stayed on well. We will go where we find the best ground and will look for another novice chase for him on a good-ground track. I think 2m4f is his optimum trip.
7g Subotica - Griotte De Coddes
Mrs J M Jones 11FF-92
We are giving him a hurdling campaign to get his confidence back and he ran a good race at Aintree on Sunday. I think he will probably go back over fences later on, he was progressing well this time last year and he is still a young horse, there are not that many miles on the clock. I think 2m4f is his ideal trip and he would act on any surface.
5g Red Ransom - Great Lady Slew
John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn 524-2U1
He won well the other day at Wetherby but was put up 14lb for winning by two lengths, which seemed a little harsh. We've been waiting for him to grow up and he has always jumped well, so chasing was always going to be the thing for him. I think 2m will be his trip for now - he might get 2m4f in the spring, but he doesn't want very soft ground.
5m Hernando - Elaine Tully
RJ McAlpine 0/11371-
She'll stay over hurdles this season. She's strengthened up over the summer and I'd be hopeful that we haven't seen the best of her yet. We were hoping to get a run into her at the end of last month but the ground seemed to be a little quick for her and she had a cut on her leg, so we decided to give her more time. I think 3m will probably be her best trip.
4g Golan - Silk Daisy
WR B Racing 58 (wrbracing.com)-1111
I think everyone now believes me, because I've been telling everyone that he is good for months. The Supreme Novices' is the long-term target and we will probably go for the Kennel Gate at Ascot next month. He is only very young and we won't run him for the sake of it. He is rated 142, ahead of the last four or five Supreme winners at this stage of the season, and there is more to come from the horse.
The Listener gets a victory tickle from Daryl Jacob after winning the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown last season. According to trainer Nick Mitchell (left), the dashing grey could have two more runs in Ireland before bidding for a repeat in February; Joe Lively: classy Cheltenham winner has Grand National written all over him, according to trainer Colin Tizzard
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