Cheltenham Festival 2016
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Introducing our horses
We have a number of race horses that you could potentially own for the day.
Trainer Dan Skelton was livid with himself after Bon Chic had only managed third as the odds-on favourite on her debut for the Coral Champions Club at Fakenham. Skelton, who paid £18,000 for Bon Chic at the Doncaster November sale last year, knew he had a mare with talent but had selected the wrong race at the wrong track and he was determined to put it right as soon as he could. There is a reason Skelton was trusted as right-hand man to champion trainer Paul Nicholls for so many years and why he is regarded as one of the up-and-coming stars of the game - he doesn’t make mistakes very often. Stepped up in trip from 2m to 2m4f, Bon Chic cantered to victory on her second start in a hurdle at Southwell and backed that up with another simple win over 2m2f at Stratford. However, hurdles were only ever a stepping stone for Bon Chic and she is set to embark on a novice chase career this season. Having schooled well, hopes are high for Bon Chic over the coming months with the valuable EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Final at Cheltenham in April the overall goal given the six-year-old’s preference for a sound surface. With Cheltenham the big aim, Bon Chic may be given a sighter of the course before the April meeting, perhaps in the Grade 1 OLBG David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, while the other major spring festivals are also not out of the equation for this talented mare.
Sir Henry Cecil, one of the greatest racehorse trainers of all time, said that the three most valuable assets you can have when it comes to handling horses is patience, patience and more patience and that has proved to be the case with Template. While staying patient is an easy thing to say, especially if you are the one looking after the horse each day, it is not always the easiest to put into practice when you are an owner looking forward with anticipation and eagerness to your new recruit running. However, patience and the right care can lead to great things and in Template the Coral Champions Club have a young horse on the up after he smoothly landed his first race over hurdles at Market Rasen on November 5. Template was picked up at the Tattersalls Horses In Training sale for 8,000gns at the end of last year after his trainer Harry Fry received a tip off that the horse would be a useful runner over hurdles. Template had shown good form on the Flat, included finishing third behind classy handicapper Top Tug and subsequent UAE Derby winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic second Toast Of New York. Switched to hurdles for the Coral Champions Club, the four-year-old made a promising debut at Taunton finishing third before finding the ground too quick on his next two outings. Assurances came from Fry and stable jockey Noel Fehily that Template had plenty of ability and a little patience was all that was needed. Watching him romp to victory at Market Rasen certainly proved worth the wait.