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For three quarters of the Clarence House I couldn’t have been happier with how Defi Du Seuil was going. We set out to get into a nice rhythm and see how the race would unfold. The plan was to wait to Swinley Bottom and then start creeping into it. He did that but between four out and three out he didn’t show what we know he can.

We all know how good a horse he is and what he can do, so we were a bit disappointed with his finishing effort. He clearly isn’t 100 per cent yet, but he came out of the race fine and we’re hoping we see the old Defi in the spring. He has all his old enthusiasm and is travelling well through his races, he just isn’t quite finishing them off. I’m sure he will bounce back at some point.

Jerrysback made a really pleasing reappearance, it was a very nice effort on his first start of the season. Wherever he goes next he should have a great chance, and he’ll probably step up in trip. There are plenty of options for him, so keep an eye out on when he’s next due to run.

It’s obviously a shame that Cheltenham is off on Saturday but they’ve had a lot of rain so it wasn’t a big shock. Hopefully they’ll reschedule the Cotswold Chase somewhere in the next week or so – I can’t wait to get back on Native River!

I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up four rides at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Doncaster, Saturday

KEEP ROLLING – 12:55pm

He won his novice hurdle at Hereford at the start of the season and then ran okay but got outpaced at Wincanton last time. Conditions are testing up there which he won’t mind and hopefully he’ll put in a good performance in a wide open handicap hurdle..

MUSICAL SLAVE – 3:15pm

He’s in very good order and ran really well over two and a half miles at Newbury on his reappearance. He will appreciate the step up in trip and he’s been very good at home since. This has been the plan for a while so fingers crossed.

It’s a very competitive race and Cap Du Nord’s form with Royal Pagaille looks very strong now. He’s the obvious favourite but I’d like to think Musical Slave has every chance. He’s an improving horse, a second season novice, and we’re all hoping he’s still got some progression in him. He’s definitely on the up.

TEN SIXTY – 3:50pm

He lost his way last year and has had just the one run this season when he was a well beaten fifth at Huntingdon. We’re trying to get him back on the right track and if he can find his old form he’d have a chance.

Ten Sixty

MARSHMALLO – 4:25pm

He wasn’t beaten too far on his debut at Warwick back in November and he’ll be sure to have come on for that. I’ve sat on him at home and this will be another important experience in his education.


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