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Unnamed Westerner update: Set for Wincanton gallop

14 Nov 2022
West End Boy

We have been schooling him over hurdles every Wednesday, and we are very pleased with the way he goes about his work.

 

He is a very uncomplicated horse – he eats well, he sleeps well, he’s relaxed in his box and takes his work well - which makes him easy to train.

The plan is to run him in a bumper later this month. He is still a baby of a horse, so I don’t want to start him over hurdles on his first appearance. I think a National Hunt Flat race is a good starting point for him as he will learn a lot from that.

If we get some rain later this week, the plan is to take him for a racecourse gallop at Wincanton on Friday morning. The ground is currently Good to Firm, so I wouldn’t want to risk him on that sort of ground. However, the forecast suggests some rain will fall which will help soften the ground. A trip to Wincanton will also give him experience of travelling in the horsebox, and having a change of scenery is always a good learning exercise.

We'll look to work him alongside around five other horses at Wincanton. They'll gallop over a distance of around 2m, not at full speed, as they would in a race, but it will be a good exercise for him, especially with his opening racecourse appearance coming at the end of the month.

 

I know by the end of this week we should finally know his official name, courtesy of the Coral Racing Club members, so I'm looking forward to that!

 

Joe Tizzard

 

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