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A busy weekend ahead with runners on the flat and over jumps

20th April, 2017

Highclere have a busy weekend ahead with runners on the flat and over jumps at Ayr's Scottish Grand National Meeting. The excitement kicks off tomorrow at Newbury where the Royal Ascot Racing Club send out their first two-year-old runner of the season in the form of Headway, who runs in The Dreweatts Newcomers' EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes. Interestingly, he is also William Haggas's first two-year-old runner of the season and he has not put a foot wrong this spring, so it will be fascinating to see how he gets on. Later on in the card Abatement runs in The Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap over seven furlongs. He broke his maiden back in January at Lingfield and although this will be a tougher task it will be great to get him out on the turf at Highclere's home track. 

On Saturday there is a striking three-year-old colt called Archetype who will be making his first appearance on a racecourse in The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes. He was an Arqana Breeze Up Sale purchase and has always shown great promise at home, so it will be great to see him on the racecourse this weekend. Up at Nottingham, the three-year-old filly in The Oscar Wilde Syndicate, Fabric, will be making her seasonal reappearance in The Partypoker Powerfest Handicap at Nottingham later that day. She is a course and distance winner having broken her maiden at the track last July. She relishes top of the ground, so the current good to firm going should suit and Richard Hannon's string look to be in terrific form with thirteen winners in the last two weeks. 

Up at Ayr Highclere have a lovely mare called Whatduhavtoget who will be taking her chance in The Ayrhire Hospice Land O'Burns Starlight Walk Handicap Hurdle over 2m5f. She was last seen winning easily at Ludlow and although this sees her stepping up in class, she is full of quality and looks to be on the upgrade now that she has got a bit more experience under her belt. In the very next race Crievehill is hoping he will get a run in The Ayrhire Magazine Racing Excellence "Hands & Heels" Finale Conditional Jockey's Handicap Hurdle, but there is a chance he will be balloted out as he is rated 132, so has a ballot mark of 2 in a race with 31 entries.

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