Adam Norman, surfer on Racing TV and adept of the course, attack at Native River this weekend. He unveils his main fantasies Saturday and Sunday, as well as an eye-catcher from last week.
The end of a very active hunting week brought me to Newcastle on Saturday, following the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, following the abandonment of the two-day meeting in Doncaster, at which I usually participate.
It's normally one of the busiest and most stressful days of the season, keeping a close eye on everything going on in the Donny paddock while trying to watch three decent tee-offs.
The highly anticipated start was an additional mind scrambler and they were already in the paddock when I went to Gosforth Park, which placed a crowd of spectators in winter just behind the one that was present on Eider Chase Day.
A disappointing Bangor card meant I could focus on things to come – aside from Newbury's minor distraction – one of the main races on the map was "The French Furze", a second-year rookie victory won by 40 -1. Prince Kayf.
Although the result was probably not a coincidence, I think Hope Romay is the one to take from the race.
Five-year-old Kim Bailey ran almost every race to win his hurdling debut at Warwick three weeks ago, but he won three stadiums on the road here and ran for most of the 2m6f contest.
The waiting ground is not an excuse, but was not ideal for this tall, strong and elegant, who really took the lead in the prelims. He was short of resources and I would expect him to surpass that effort next time before becoming a useful hunter.
Sue Smith's horses continue to be well supported, especially since she has some winners on the blackboard, but neither of them Hill sixteen or Rare clouds threatened to add to the total and there remains a construction site that I will avoid largely until the beginning of the year.
This weekend announces it as another extremely busy weekend. The four meetings are hardly threatened by weather forecasts except for a small amount of rain, which should serve to refresh the terrain become sticky and tenacious.
There are also big meetings on the Huntingdon and Kelso Racing TV circuits on Sunday and, with more than 50 horses registered on my tracker (including a race in one!), I will have to be up to scratch, a missed winner is worse than to support a loser at this time of year!
Wetherby looks like an absolute minefield at this early stage, but the first one I really like about Aintree is Killaro Boy in the Grand Sefton on the national fences.
Killaro Boy finishes second at Aintree
After experiencing a small margin at the Uttoxeter Summer Cup in June, he then chased the well-disabled Burtons Well in a chase against the Mildmay barriers at Aintree in October.
This imposing character impressed me a lot. Despite his small race, he had a fairly solid form during his training in Ireland. He traveled and jumped with remarkable verve before being upset by the best horse of the day.
All about this performance suggested national barriers and the shorter trip would be ideally suited and provided that Nicky Henderson performs either Casablanca Mix or Gold present he will have an adorable weight to wear.
Yes, it's a competitive race, but he feels that he's confident enough to prove that he's well handicapped at the same mark as last time and that he can provide the Coach Henry Oliver a big winner on Saturday.
If Liverpool misses the weather forecast, I would be tempted to take Native river short-term in the game Many Clouds Chase on the course of Mildmay, with his former training partner, Might Bite, the most obvious of the weights.
However, I will not give up my advice from Charlie Hall Aso, who would be more likely to stay three kilometers away on better ground, Black Corton He made a personal best on the charts at Ascot last time and with a fitness edge, he could challenge a pesky weight concession to the main players.
Aso finished third at Charlie Hall for his seasonal debut
I intend to start the day in Chepstow where Guye Lightning seems to have been left light with only a 3 lb rise for a comfortable win at Fontwell the last time, while nothing really stands out on a very competitive Sandown card.
On Sunday, Huntingdon will be hosting its big day of the year with the Peterborough Chase race, although the race plans are far from clear as I write, it seems pointless to speculate on the 37,000 winner. £.
In the novice hunt earlier, it's interesting to see Break the waves Barely a fortnight after a lamentable effort, he was anxious to stand in the way of an obstacle to Haydock's competition.
He seemed to be going well at first, but it is clear that the five-year-old has an irreproachable health check. With coach Noel Williams still in shape, I will seek to recover the losses of Lancashire – and then – on a track where he won his hurdle and his hurdle novice.
I love my bumpers as a medium and none have been more impressed than this season than Harry Fry's Scopey mare White lady hart, who should take the world to beat later on the Huntingdon map as I thought it would come a long time before flowing to Aintree six weeks ago.
Finally, Ruth Jefferson's horses have worked well in recent times and she has had a few entries this weekend, including the stable star Waiting Patiently who has three options and will probably run where the field is the sweetest.
However, the one I love is Flowering Forth who showed a lot of promise during his debut at the Wetherby hurdles race last time, and I hope this Irish point-to-point winner will be able to stand out in the rookie race for the mares Sunday at Kelso.