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  Taj Badalandabad - Winner at Chepstow


We did not have that many runners during the week last week but a double at Chepstow on Thursday kept the winners tally ticking along.  Taj Badalandabad opened his account over hurdles at the second time of asking.  He finished fourth on his hurdling debut up at Wetherby in what looks to be working out as a pretty decent race and it was great to see him do the job nicely here.  He is still a bit novicey at some of his hurdles but he will improve with experience, he loves the soft ground and he should continue to provide us and owner William Frewen with some fun this winter.  Smiles For Miles was our other Chesptow winner and it was nice to finally get this one’s head in front, his first victory of any description.  The first time blinkers certainly seemed to do the trick and he travelled and jumped superbly, bar one mistake at the 4th last.  He galloped all the way to the line on what was very testing ground to score comfortably and with a hike in the weights on the cards he will be probably run again sometime this week under a penalty.  Providing the blinkers have the same effect again I hope he will be able to run well wherever he turns up, the options being Wetherby, Newbury and Doncaster.  Read more...

The stable enjoyed another nice winner yesterday when Smiles For Miles (pictured above) made the long trip up to Wetherby worthwhile with a convincing success in the 2m6 1/2f handicap chase taking our seasonal tally to 56.  He was following-up last week's facile Chepstow success under a 7lbs penalty and he looks to be rapidly improving.  I wonder what the handicapper will do to him after this as he has already been raised by a stone?  Fortunately as a six year old, he still has plenty time on his side.

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