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Following three Grade 1 victories last term, Tom George has high hopes for this campaign, particularly given those victories came with novice hurdlers who are likely to be around for a few years.

Recent wins for The Worlds End, Seddon and The Big Bite underline that promise and signal the trainer's fine form, while stable stalwart God's Own showed he is still a force to be reckoned with in Tuesday's Haldon Gold Cup, providing George with one of the proudest moments of his career.

Stable profile

Yard Down Farm

Where Slad, Gloucestershire

Started training 1993

Horses in yard 80

Members of staff 20

Assistant trainers John Cullinan, Ciaran McKee

Travelling head person Sarah Peacock

Jockeys Adrian Heskin, Noel Fehily, Ciaran Gethings, Jonathan Burke, Paddy Brennan

Conditional Nathan Howe

Amateur Noel George

Secretary Lauren Thompson

Stable sponsor Tom George Racing

Website tomgeorgeracing.co.uk

Twitter @TomGeorgeRacing

WINNERS IN BRITAIN

2017-18 47

2016-17 71

2015-16 38

2014-15 36

PROFIT/LOSS TO A £1 STAKE

2017-18 -135.81

2016-17 +49.84

2015-16 -30.06

2014-15 -48.05

TOTAL PRIZE-MONEY 2017-18

£964,237

HORSES

Activial

Pedigree: eight-year-old gelding

Lord Du Sud (sire) – Kissmirial (dam)

Owner: RS Brookhouse

Form figures: U5/0-832

Racing Post Rating 154 chase; official rating 145 chase

Made his debut for us at Stratford last week and I was delighted with his second. The track was a bit sharp, but he stayed on nicely. He's in the BetVictor and will stay further, but I don't know what route we'll go. Either way, that was a good start.

Air Navigator

7g Yeats – Lox Lane

Lady Cobham & Doone Hulse

21U453-

RPR 117h OR 117h

Dual bumper winner whose jumping let him down over hurdles. He's enormous, though, and fences will see him in a better light. He wants 2m4f on softish ground.

Baby King

9g Ivan Denisovich – Burn Baby Burn

About Two Weeks

1825P1-

RPR 142c OR 136c

Loves a flat track and 2m on good to soft, he won a nice race at Aintree last year and he'll be heading back to that sort of track for Saturday handicaps.

Battle Of Shiloh

9g Shantou – Realt Na Ruise

Paul & Clare Rooney

11F0/3P-

RPR 143c OR 137c

Won four in a row two years ago, but suffered aches and pains since. Back now and qualified for veterans' races, which opens up a new avenue.

Black Op

7g Sandmason – Afar Story

RS Brookhouse

9/41221-

RPR 155h OR 152h

Put it up to Samcro in the Ballymore before really knuckling down at Aintree in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle, when he wouldn't have been in the same form as he was at Cheltenham. He schooled over fences at the end of last season and loved that, so should come into his own as a chaser. He's ready to go as soon as the ground comes and is versatile. He's got speed and will get 3m, but will probably start at 2m4f. He's a Grade 1 novice hurdle winner not far behind Samcro; you're not going to get much better. Could go to Exeter on Wednesday if the ground is suitable.

BLACK OP Ridden by Noel Fehily wins at the Grand National Meeting at Aintree 14/4/18
Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

Boyhood

7g Oscar – Glen Dubh

H Stephen Smith & The Gabbertas Family

214/141-

RPR 143h OR 143h

Progressed well last season, but suffered a problem after winning at Cheltenham on New Year's Day. He's a lofty mark over hurdles, but we could go for a Pertemps qualifier and can go chasing.

Dark horse

Bun Doran

7g Shantou – Village Queen

Crossed Fingers Partnership

63/2335-

RPR 146c OR 138c

Has promised to win a big race and there's no reason he won't. He's still maturing and a strongly run 2m on good to soft would be ideal. I'm sure there's a good day in him.

BUN DORAN Ridden by Paddy Brennan wins at CHELTENHAM 16/11/18
Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

Casa Tall

4g No Risk At All – Gribouille Parcs

Racing Ventures, Sharon, Dermot & David

631104-

RPR 116h OR 130h

A French import, he ran respectably in the Fred Winter, which was a baptism of fire, and was probably in front a bit long at Perth next time out. He goes chasing and is a very good jumper, who'll get the useful four-year-old allowance.

Champagne City

5g Tobougg – City Of Angels

RS Brookhouse

733-414

RPR 134h OR 134h

Won at Newton Abbot in the summer, but didn't like the fast ground at Market Rasen last time. Prefers a bit of cut and he'll go for nice 2m handicap hurdles from the middle of November.

Clondaw Castle

6g Oscar – Lohort Castle

J French, D McDermott, S Nelson, T Syder

18/1317-

RPR 135h OR 132h

A dual hurdle winner last term, he was being readied for big handicaps in the spring, but had a setback. However, he's had a nice summer and will go chasing. He'll be exciting.

Come On Teddy

4g Fame And Glory – Theatre View

NT Griffith & HM Haddock

2-

RPR 103b OR –

New to us, he was a solid second in his only bumper at Exeter last season and has schooled well over hurdles. He's a tough, hardy stayer.

Cruiseaweigh

7g Oscar – Triptoshan

Simon W Clarke

2/1P73/

RPR 119h OR 121

Potentially one of the best I've got, but he's been a nightmare. He beat Elgin in an Aintree bumper and had the world at his feet, but we've had setbacks since. Very talented and just needs a clear run.

Darling Du Large

5m Kapgarde – Dissidente

Simon W Clarke

20-

RPR 106b OR –

Second before finishing in midfield in the Aintree Grade 2 bumper for mares. She ought to win a bumper and has been keen, but has grown up and has ability.

Doctor Dex

5g Oscar – Larnalee

Crossed Finger Partnership

252-2

RPR 111b OR –

Amazing he hasn't won and I've never run a horse in a bumper four times, but he's been babyish although he is talented. I think he bumped into one again at Chepstow last week and his form's solid. He's a good jumper and will come into his own over hurdles.

Double Shuffle

8g Milan – Fiddlers Bar

Crossed Fingers Partnership

22274-F

RPR 170c OR 162c

Was a bit sore after his Charlie Hall fall, but is fine. It was uncharacteristic as he's never fallen and probably won't again; it was just a shame it happened in a big race, but he'll fight another day. The King George, which he was a fine second in last year, will be on the agenda as he loves Kempton and on his day he's a very good horse.

Espoir De Teillee

6g Martaline – Belle De Lyphard

RS Brookhouse

61/1-

RPR 130h OR –

New to us, he won his only hurdle by a furlong at Catterick, so might have to go for an introductory hurdle at Ascot at the end of November. He's an impressive looker.

Fanfan Du Seuil

3g Racinger – Nina Du Seuil

Crossed Fingers Partnership

1-F

RPR 119h OR –

Won a hurdle in France, but fell at Chepstow last month when he had plenty left. Greener than we thought, he's a horse for the future, but will make his mark in juveniles. He's schooled well since and prefers nicer ground.

Faro De Kerser

3g Ungaro – Nuit De Kerser

1

The Twenty One Club

RPR – OR –

Impressive in his sole hurdle start in France. He's quite immature so we'll give him time.

Fontley House

6g Getaway – Down Town Cork

Colin Perry, Alan Waller & John Lawson

3-8

RPR 116b OR –

A staying-on third in a bumper at Punchestown over 2m2f before joining us, he found 2m at Chepstow too sharp last time. He's a dour stayer for novice hurdles.

Forgot To Ask

6g Ask – Lady Transcend

Miss Julie Hoskins

9544-31

RPR 118h OR 120h

Won a maiden hurdle in May, but is a chaser, so more than likely will go over fences and will improve over 2m4f.

God's Own

10g Oscar – Dantes Term

Crossed Fingers Partnership

3/6333-1

RPR 170c OR 156c

An old favourite who has won three Grade 1s, but last season was a nightmare because of the testing ground; his third in the Champion Chase was testament to him. He's in great form, so enthusiastic and he behaves like a four-year-old. He loves life and I don't think I've been prouder on a racecourse than I was on Tuesday when he landed the Haldon Gold Cup four years after winning it for the first time. If the ground was okay, the Peterborough Chase might be next.

God’s Own (Paddy Brennan) after the Haldon Gold Cup
Exeter 6.11.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Good Man Jim

5g Martaline – Precious Lucy

RS Brookhouse

0-

RPR 74b OR –

Came over from Ireland with a big reputation, but his bumper run at Warwick was too bad to be true. Since then he's worked well and looks good and we should see him in a better light in a 2m maiden hurdle.

Kk Lexion

7g Flemensfirth – Kiloradante

Perry, Lawson, Waller, Rea, McDermott

3830-45

RPR 135h OR 126h

Competitive last term, he was a solid fifth over fences at Stratford and, while he's not over-big, there could be a decent handicap in him in a nice midweek race.

Miss Night Owl

8m Midnight Legend – Moyliscar

Capt & Mrs John George

1/174-32

RPR 119c OR 125c

A bumper and hurdle winner, she likes 2m, rattling along at the front, but it takes a lot out of her so we don't see her often. We'll aim for black type and there's a race at Bangor coming up.

If I could sum up last season in one word . . .

Wet.

Net De Treve

5g Network – Dame De Treve

O'Donohoe, Cavanagh, Robinson, Nelson

3-517

RPR 118h OR –

He won a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter recently but then went to Cheltenham and was at sea with everything. I think we can put a line through that and build him back up at a smaller track. Better ground suits.

Otter Moon

6g Midnight Legend – Highland Dawn

Somerset Racing

331-836

RPR 113c OR 125c

Won a reasonable handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in the spring and is a stuffy horse who normally needs a run or two. Wouldn't want conditions too soft and I was pleased with him at Chepstow on Wednesday on his second start over fences in a competitive affair.

Rocklander

9g Oscar – Rua Lass

D O'Donohoe, J Cavanagh, S Nelson

U13F-P5

RPR 149c OR 142c

Won twice over fences last season before finishing third in the novice handicap chase at the festival. He's a gross horse who needs a run to put him right. He's entered in the Badger Ales as I don't think he's got the speed for 2m4f in those top handicaps. He's in the Ladbrokes Trophy too.

Seddon

5g Stowaway – Andreas Benefit

McNeill Family

10-1

RPR 127h OR –

Backed up his bumper form by winning at Stratford last week and an introductory hurdle at Ascot this month could be a nice stepping stone. I think he'll step up in grade sooner rather than later because a strong gallop will suit him. He's a fast horse and looks a good one.

SEDDON Ridden by A. P. Heskin wins at Musselburgh 4/1/18
Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

Singlefarmpayment

8g Milan – Crevamoy

NT Griffith & HM Haddock

2F5P52-

RPR 152c OR 146c

A credit to us, he seems to bump into one at Cheltenham, but he loves the track and I think we'll keep going back there and start at the BetVictor meeting. I'm sure one day all the cards will fall his way.

Stamp Your Feet

6g Galileo – Nausicaa

JP McManus

P124P-0

RPR 138h OR 132h

Stacked up a bit of prize-money at the lesser tracks over hurdles and goes chasing. He's not very big and is a son of Galileo, so it's not the obvious route, but he loves jumping and wouldn't want deep ground.

Stop The World

5g Oscar – Coolsilver

McNeill Family

43-

RPR 109b OR –

He had some good form in bumpers and wants 2m4f over hurdles, but not heavy ground. He's not far off.

Sumkindofking

7g King's Theatre – Shannon Rose

DW Fox

231513

RPR 133c OR 131c

Tiny, but he's had a good time winning at Market Rasen and Ludlow and there's no reason he can't improve, especially over 3m. There's a nice handicap in him and he's entered in the Badger Ales.

Star quality

Summerville Boy

6g Sandmason – Suny House

RS Brookhouse

122311-

RPR 156h OR 156h

The Fighting Fifth is the plan for our Supreme winner, who also landed the Tolworth, and he looks to have improved physically. He's been schooling well and is a very sharp, alert horse. He's a good jumper and I'd run him in a novice chase tomorrow, but he does spot things going on around him. If he sees something fall he'll look at that, but that's just babyness and I think he's grown up. Newcastle won't be an easy start – he was beaten at Stratford first time out last year – but he's progressed enormously. He's a very fast horse, who stays well and can cope with most things.

SUMMERVILLE BOY Ridden by Noel Fehily wins at CHELTENHAM 13/3/18
Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

The Big Bite

5g Scorpion – Thanks Noel

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

1/10-1

RPR 128b OR –

Won twice before a respectable effort in the Champion Bumper, he did everything he needed when winning over hurdles at Chepstow on Wednesday. Wouldn't want ground any softer than it was and he'll learn a lot. I'd like to think he'll be featuring among the better novice hurdlers on the bigger days.

The Worlds End

7g Stowaway – Bright Sprite

McNeill Family

84474-1

RPR 151c OR –

Last season was a nightmare, but I thought he ran with credit on ground he hated. He had only five races to run in, having won a Grade 1 novice hurdle the year before. He will go on soft, but doesn't want heavy. We saw him over fences at Chepstow last week and he jumped well, looked very safe and had scope when he needed to. We haven't firmed up his next target, but he's a true, classy stayer and there's no reason why he can't reach the top over fences.

THE WORLDS END (A.P. Heskin) Wins The Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree 7/4/17
Grossick Photography

Wild West Wind

9g Westerner – Mhuire Na Gale

Simon W Clarke

3/1FRUP-

RPR 149c OR 142c

He was running a big race in the Welsh National, having won its trial, but had a bad fall. It looked like he'd win Haydock's Grand National Trial, but he pulled himself up and there was nothing wrong with him – we never got to the bottom of it. He's had a nice summer and will be out in the mud in Welsh Nationals etc.

UNRACED HORSES

I've got some promising youngsters and they include Enemy Coast Ahead, who shows the right signs, while Easy Wood is lovely and has had time to mature. He'll also go for a bumper soon, while Now Look At Me is another nice type who has grown and works well. Zoutoise is a three-year-old half-sister to Whisper who should do well in juvenile bumpers.

 

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