Ahead of two wonderful days racing on Friday and Saturday, we spoke to Grand National winning trainer Oliver Sherwood about his runners at Exeter and Huntingdon. There is also a big call to make with Kate and Andrew Brooks on Dominateur.
Sevarano - Exeter - Friday 14:40
Having swapped hurdles for the larger obstacles this season, Sevarano could not have started his chasing career in better fashion with a near faultless performance at Sandown at the start of November.
“Apart from one blip last season, all pretty much went to plan but chasing was always going to be his game”. Sherwood clearly thinks a lot of this seven-year-old considering the opposition he ended up facing in McFabulous, Eldorado Allen, Bright Forecast and Reserve Tank. However, he jokingly said it was “poor placement on my part, especially when assigned the impossible task of taking on McFabulous.”
However, he is now off the mark over fences and Sherwood believes that Exeter is a track that will suit Sevarano. “We were over the moon with his performance at Sandown and we are really looking forward to Exeter. It is a track that will suit him.”
The Lambourn based trainer said he will be looking to take a step up to 3m when the time is right but for now this is the right place to come. “He has been given a 4lb rise for that victory and in due course we will be desperate for a step up in trip to 3m. He will go to Exeter with a favourite’s chance and you can understand why.”
Sevarano soaring over the last at Sandown
Jersey Wonder - Huntingdon - Sunday 13:17
There are a few Jerseys in the Sherwood yard and this one is a new recruit who has come from Jamie Osborne’s up the road. He was a very consistent horse on the flat for the Osborne’s and comes to Sherwood’s with a flat rating of 88. “He has been schooling at the Bonner’s and I’m schooling him prior to the run but the word is that he jumps great. The race might be touch stiff but it is very exciting when one like this comes along that seems to be in good order and is reported to jump well.”
He is going to stay hurdling for the rest of the season and with no targets set, the sky's the limit and positive performances are all that can be expected.
Jersey Lady - Huntingdon - Sunday 15:35
The second of the Jersey’s running on Sunday is Jersey Lady. She was bought by Sherwood back in 2019 for a decent price tag and with a win already to her name in a bumper at Ludlow things seem to be panning out very well at the moment.
“We are going to be staying in bumpers this season with her. She got herself in a great position at Ludlow on debut and then did nothing wrong at Cheltenham mid-November when finishing third. She will stay in bumpers and perhaps we can target the Listed one at Aintree later in the year.”
With a place in a Listed event already she has started returning on the initial investment.