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Stable Talk with Martin Keighley

By GlosRacing  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Contender: Court In Session

Contender: Court In Session

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I was so pleased for all the connections of Typhon De Guye after he won over hurdles at Taunton yesterday.

Alain Cawley gave him a super ride and the ground seemed to suit him,  as did the step up in trip.

His owners The Daydream Believers deserve a lot of praise for being so patient with him as he's not been the easiest horse to train.

The syndicate is headed by Steve Harman who is a big supporter of the yard and whose mother Gill lives in Condicote and has been a great friend to my wife Belinda and myself for many years.

I am not regretting scratching Champion Court or Havingotascoobydo from tomorrow's Paddy Power Gold Cup as you cannot go there unless you are 100 per cent.

Champion Court has done nothing but please me in the last week and I hope will be running at Ascot next weekend – he looks superb.

I am still not entirely happy with Havingotascoobydo, however, and so will go quietly with him until he shows me signs that he is ready to start stepping up his work again. 

Although frustrating, he is worth being patient with and is lucky to have very patient owners who only want the best for him.

I plan to run Any Currency, who won recently at Wincanton, at Cheltenham tomorrow in the Henrietta Knight Handicap Chase (1.55pm).

He has come out of his last race bucking and feeling like he is the bee's knees, so I'm hoping he may be back in love with the game – that was his first win since 2009.  He would appreciate more rain to make it more of a test. 

Another horse who is very pleased with himself since he won last time and is hopefully now full of confidence is Benbane Head, who won at Towcester under Choc Thornton.

He is a course and distance winner as he was our first Cheltenham winner in 2009.

Creepy has two options this weekend. He is in the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (3.25pm) at Cheltenham on Sunday which is rather throwing him in at the deep end as it is his first run over hurdles. 

We did it with Champion Court two seasons ago and he won under a superb ride Warren Marston.

An easier option is a novice hurdle at Leicester on Monday and I'll talk to his owners and discuss the pros and cons before making a final decision. 

Court In Session also may run at Leicester and seems in good form after having quite a few problems over the summer.

It would be good to see him back in the form that saw him win over fences earlier in the season. 

I thoroughly enjoy the Paddy Power Meeting at Cheltenham because although it is good to get back to Cheltenham in October, this meeting feels like the real deal as the racing has stepped up a few gears and is even more competitive. 

On Sunday Belinda and I are looking forward to joining plenty of the great and good in racing at a reception to mark the retirement of Edward Gillespie as managing director and hope he gets the send-off he deserves.

I was delighted to hear that Tom Siddall, who has ridden winners for us, has been shortlisted for the Richard Davis Award which is to encourage and reward those who have made a successful career after racing.

In fact Tom, who has re-trained to be an equine dentist, hasn't yet retired from the saddle although may soon be so busy with his new career that he is forced to before long. 

Tom rides out for us regularly and is also our equine dentist here and I can't speak more highly of his work. 

He takes great satisfaction in ensuring horses are more comfortable in their mouths and finds it especially rewarding when we can see an instant improvement in a new inmate after Tom has treated them. 

Jockeys have a lot of help now with planning for their future and are certainly encouraged to plan well ahead of their retirement.

It used to be seen as a weakness and jockeys thought that if trainers knew they were training for the future in their spare time they may lose rides through it. 

Now I hope that attitudes have widely changed and I for one would be encouraging my jockeys to retrain as you never know when they will be useful. 

I know that Ian Popham, our currently injured stable jockey, is being encouraged to do some training during his enforced rest with his broken pelvis. 

It won't go to waste, that is for sure.

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