ASK ME EARLY AND REE OKKA PROVIDE A DOUBLE FOR THE TEAM AT CHEPSTOW

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A double at Chepstow on Saturday 4 December maintained the good recent form of the team. Ask Me Early finished alone in the novice hurdle that opened the card before Ree Okka confirmed the promise of his debut for at Aintree with a decisive success later in the afternoon.

All roads lead back to Chepstow for Ask Me Early who has now won three times at the Welsh racecourse and is deservedly one of the market leaders for the Coral Welsh National on December 27.

I had the choice of running him in the National trial later on the card on Saturday but didn’t want to risk earning a 5lbs penalty if he won. So switching to the three mile novice was the sensible option and he was fully in command when his closest pursuer came down at the final flight.

There is so much to like about Ask Me Early who jumps like a stag, stays all day and relishes testing conditions. The Welsh Grand National has been his target for months and I can’t wait to get him there on the day.

Sean Bowen completed a double for the yard on our exciting prospect Ree Okka who was a commanding winner of a Point-to-Point in Eire before he joined us this season.

Sean was very complimentary about the resolute way he buckled down to see off the challenge of two horses who looked live dangers at the last flight.

Ree Okka, jumps well and has a great attitude about everything he does. That will take him a long way. I’m not in a rush to run him again quickly and want to look after him because he is going to make make a lovely chaser next season.

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