Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Short snips

Warwick plays host to the three mile five furlong totesport.com Classic Chase on Saturday - interesting entries include Paul Nicholls' Trust Fund, Arnold Layne, Kilbeggan Blade and the Hennessy second Dream Alliance.

In the Grade Two Leamington Novices' Hurdle on the same card Peter Bowen has entered Challow Hurdle winner Souffleur; others to catch the eye include Carruthers, in whom Lord Oaksey owns a share, recent Cheltenham winner Hills Of Aran and Alan King's Nenuphar Collonges. It's a few years since I've been to this meeting but, as I write this, I'm certainly tempted...

Breedsbreeze's victory in the Tolworth Hurdle on Saturday served to highlight the current differences between owner Jim Lewis and Henrietta Knight, as Lydia Hislop points out in The Times. What a contrast from when Best Mate was winning three Gold Cups.

After being jocked off some decent looking rides over the Christmas period, leading conditional rider Paddy Merrigan went AWOL, but now looks to have rebuilt bridges with the Peter Bowen yard.

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