Today’s meeting at Doncaster has been cancelled because of wet weather but racing is set to go ahead at Wincanton.
There, jockey Daryl Jacob has high hopes for his mount Fusil Raffles, which runs in the Grade Two Unibet Elite Hurdle.
Trained by Nicky Henderson, this four-year-old gelding has impressed with his performances so far. He has three wins and a second to his credit so far, accumulating more than £80,000 in prize money so far.
Daryl Jacob told the racing press that Fusil Raffles impressed when he schooled him on Thursday. But he also warned that the Grade Two race could be tough for four-year-olds. He believes that the way he performs in this race will be a good indicator of where to aim Fusil Raffles in the future.
He said it could show whether he could be a Champion Hurdle horse, or one to bring on carefully looking ahead to a future chasing career. So far this horse has only had two runs in England but his rider said he has grown signficantly and filled out in recent months.
With the Champion Hurdle division looking wide open, Daryl Jacob believes that going down this route will give a good indication of how far has has progressed and can continue to do so.
He could be the rider in form today, with another promising ride on Kalahari Queen, trained by Jamie Snowdon. The mare is back over hurdles, having gone novice chasing last season. There, she was second to Roksana, a subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner, and Kalahari Queen has continued to improve.
He also rides Whisper for Sam Thomas in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap. Whisper is now 11 years old and rated highly, but has a formidable task off top weight- though if he jumps well and enjoys himself, he could have a chance here.