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8 December

Posted on December 8, 2018

Three at Chepstow today, 2 over fences and 1 over hurdles, and the rain ensured that every race was a proper test.
That unfortunately wasn’t to TELSON BARLEY’s liking. He jumped well, but hated the ground and finished we3ll back. Flatter track and better ground next time, and since he should also then have his handicap mark, I’d expect more from him on his next run.
AMI DESBOIS bounced back from his disappointment at Newcastle last Saturday with a super run in the Welsh National trial. He jumped from fence and fence, and but for a mistake at the 2nd last, would have been bang there. Still, a 3rd place in that quality of race on his first completion for more than 12 months isn’t a bad way to start the season, and I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t come on a few pounds for that run too.
KAYF BLANCO stepped up to 3 miles for the first time in the 0-150 Novice handicap chase, and I don’t think he quite got that trip, particularly on a testing track and in wet conditions. He tried his heart out – as he always does – and ran into yet another place, but he was no match for the first and second home. A drop back to 2m 6f, and possibly a flatter track, is where I’d like him to go next.