I’M off to Wetherby on Friday where the highly promising Oscar Rock makes his hurdling debut in the opening race. But I’ll be casting a beady eye towards Uttoxeter where two young horses really catch the eye. CENTASIA is a big strong mare who won a couple of bumpers impressively last season before running well in two Listed races. She makes her hurdling debut for the bang in form David Pipe team in the 1.20 and could make hay in mares’ hurdles this season. Certainly one to follow.
In the opening 2m 4f novice hurdle CARRAIG MOR makes his bow for Alan King. A winner on his only start in an Irish point for Adrian Maguire, he was acquired by Masterson Holdings Ltd who own both Two Rockers and Balder Succes in the same yard. A real chasing type, it would be no surprise if he emulates Two Rockers and runs up a sequence in staying novice hurdles.
Elsewhere at the Midlands track, the clash between chasing debutantes Raya Star and Tanerko Emery is fascinating. Raya Star could clout the odd hurdle (fell three times in 16 races) but is high class and could be a genuine Arkle horse if he takes to the bigger obstacles.
Back at Wetherby the two Listed races have attracted decent quality fields. Raya Star’s owner Simon Munir has AINSI FIDELES making his British debut in the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle. He impressed winning at Bordeaux in April and is a half brother to last year’s winner of this race, Sametegal.
Carraig Mor (nb)
Ainsi Fideles (Treble)