Andre Klein is General Manager at Warwick Racecourse. In his latest column with the Observer he looks at some of the potential racing stars of the season.
IT IS hard to say where the true start to the jump racing season is these days with summer jump racing more popular than ever, but I’m convinced it’s the opening two days at Warwick at the tail end of September and early October.
That might be a tad patriotic and predictable but it’s understandable that I think that way. We are now well and truly underway at Warwick and in November we have acquired an additional fixture taking the busy month’s tally to three.
To add to the Sporting Icon Race day on November 9 and our Winter Warmer meeting on November 21, we have also recently acquired a new date, November 29.
This was originally scheduled as a Towcester fixture, but with the track under administration the opportunity fell to Warwick to stage it.
For those who are not aware, on Sporting Icon Race day, we are looking forward to hosting the England legend John Barnes at Warwick.
I’m always being asked for tips or horses to watch out for.
To date I have seen a couple of horses that I think look set for a profitable season and they are both trained locally by Olly Murphy.
Wilmscote-based Murphy has made a great start to his career, but it would be fair to say that the vast majority of these winners have been in lower grade races, however, I can see this changing very quickly with horses like Itchy Feet and Thomas Darby at his disposal.
Both look quality acts on their performances to date and should be put into everyone’s black book.
One of my favourite trainers is Kim Bailey who has been responsible for some outstanding horses, such as Alderbrook and Master Oats.
He has some nice horses at his disposable at the moment, including, He’s No Trouble, the new Jockey Club syndicate horse, but one I’m looking forward to seeing on the track is Red River.
We had him school at Warwick recently and everyone was saying how smart he looked, so keep your eyes peeled for this chestnut five year old.
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