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Gallops Report
Lambourn, January 23
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CARACCI APACHE demonstrated that he's a progressive novice and after a pleasing workout at Seven Barrows, he takes his chance in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The five-year-old has been impressive at Sandown and Plumpton to give owner Henry Ponsonby plenty to look forward to in the second half of the season.

JOSSES HILL enjoyed a confidence-boosting success at Doncaster and continues to work away at home.

One of last season's star novice hurdlers, he was a bit cautious at some of the obstacles when no match for Ptit Zig on his chasing debut at Ascot.

However, he proved far more adept and came home with plenty in the tank at Doncaster and remains in the Festival frame.

BEAT THAT one of the stable's brightest prospects, having needed his return at Cheltenham.

His subsequent work on grass suggests he's moved a fair way forward and will be sharper next time.

No trainer has a stronger hand for the JCB Hurdle than Henderson who can juggle TOP NOTCH, BIVOUAC

The latter pair will gain valuable experience of the Triumph course when running in a trial at Cheltenham tomorrow.

Peace And Co looked particularly assured in his closing breeze for that this morning.

There isn't much of Top Notch, but he impressed in shaking off the attentions of a good yardstick at Ascot. His style of racing suggests Aintree will be just as much his cup of tea.

Bivouac won with a bit in hand at Kempton after taking an eternity to reel in a decent Nicholls rival. He looks to have learned much from that and went very well in his midweek spin.

Naunton, January 24

ALGERNON PAZHAM one for the notebook after putting in some encouraging work ahead of his imminent debut over fences.

The powerful galloper has schooled with aplomb and, with his hurdling successes regarded as a bonus, he will soon make his mark at the game he was bought for.

Nigel Twiston-Davies has the gelding entered in a couple of novice handicap chases at Ludlow and Leicester next week.

ALLTHEGEAR NO IDEA go handicap hurdling after winning one of his three novice hurdles and finishing second in the other two.

The eight-year-old looked in good order traversing the steep Fibresand strip and could run next week.

THE NEW ONE eventually an authoritative winner at Haydock last weekend, despite things not working out for him during the race itself.

He is now enjoying a short break before his Cheltenham Festival preparations are cranked up a notch.

Unbeaten this season, he remains the big threat to Faugheen and co in the Champion Hurdle.

MILLICENT SILVER the eye in some strong work this week to suggest a novice hurdle is well within her compass.

FOXBRIDGE an interesting engagement at Taunton next week. He showed a good attitude to win a thriller at Ffos Las on his latest start and with that confidence booster under his belt can make further progression.

BIG CASINO a pea out of the same pod and should pick up a handicap chase soon.

Minehead, January 22nd

ROYAL PLAYER he has not yet reached the summit of his progression with a pleasing workout on Philip Hobbs' network of all-weathers at Sandhill.

The fast improver won with plenty up his sleeve on a rare Hobbs trip to Musselburgh and looks to have taken those exertions in his stride.

He is a strong candidate for the Skybet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

IF IN DOUBT him in the line-up on Town Moor.

The seven-year-old is a horse who is getting better race by race, with initial issues with his jumping having now seemingly been ironed out.

He has both worked and schooled well and cannot be dismissed lightly.

CLOUD CREEPER hitting the woodwork but is interesting in his race at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The gelding usually comes good around this time of the year, and he advertised his well-being by traversing the woodchip strip a couple of times and then doing a stretch on the Polytrack.

INK MASTER the eye in a swinging canter, while WISHFULL DREAMING certainly one to keep on the right side following his bumper triumph at Cheltenham.

MENORAH enjoying a mid-season break before his attention is switched to the Festival and a tilt at either the Ryanair Chase or the Gold Cup.

Lambourn January 21

PEACE AND CO class in his work and the Triumph Hurdle favourite appears in tip-top order ahead of his trial for that Festival target over the same course and distance on Saturday.

The former French-trained Peace And Co gave his lead horse short shrift in a piece of work on the Faringdon Road that stamps him as the one to beat in the JCB-sponsored championship.

His success at Doncaster was truly spectacular and everything has gone exactly to plan since that stunning debut for Henderson.

BIVOUAC also entered at the weekend but could be held back for an alternative contest before connections decide whether he, too, will run in the Triumph.

He also put in a pleasing bit of work and looks to have gone forward since his Kempton win at Christmas.

JOSSES HILL important experience at Doncaster when opening his account over fences and could return to Town Moor for more of the same.

The high-class Josses Hill is targeting the Arkle Trophy and his trainer wants to build his confidence following an initial defeat to Ptit Zig at Ascot.

BIRCH HILL proving an enigma, as he shows tons of ability at home but has not managed to reproduce it in three runs on the track.

He again caught the eye galloping out strongly in his latest spin, and is in good heart ahead of a run in a maiden hurdle.

BEAT THAT his comeback outing at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but it was a run that rightly delighted his connections.

He could run in the Cleeve Hurdle on Saturday, with Henderson building him up to be cherry-ripe for a shot at the World Hurdle at the Festival.

HADRIAN'S APPROACH in the Skybet Chase at Doncaster, a track that should suit him should he get the green light for a run.

Midlands, January 20

BRISTOL DE MAI a very smart prospect and has been reminding Nigel Twiston-Davies of the fact with some impressive bits of work on the trainer's main all-weather strip.

The gelded son of Saddler Maker is amongst a clutch of horses owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede that are prominent in the Triumph Hurdle betting.

Bristol De Mai is entered in Saturday's Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham but with Peace And Co the owners' first choice for the race, other options at Sandown or Haydock in the coming weeks look more likely targets.

BLAKLION popping his corks ahead of a return to Prestbury Park for either the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle or the Cleeve Hurdle.

The bold front-runner is a willing worker and always difficult to get past - something he also produces on the racecourse.

Having won at Cheltenham this season, he was forced to set things up for Parlour Games in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, but nevertheless emerged with credit from that contest.

LITTLE JON a pearler of a fall at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but came out of that unscathed and has schooled well.

He is an interesting contender in whichever of two targets his handler points him towards on Saturday.

BALLY BRAES's lacked fluency at Bangor, but didn't prevent him taking a novices' handicap chase there with plenty up his sleeve.

He will be hard to stop in his bid to follow-up at Warwick later in the week.

He moved like a coiled spring in his trips up the steep Fibresand gallop.

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