The Gallops Report for Thursday, January 17 has news from the Midlands and the West Country.
By Gallops Reporter. Last Updated: 17/01/13 3:21pm
Double Ross: Worked with his usual verve
DOUBLE ROSS showed a customary willing attitude in his latest piece of work on Nigel Twiston-Davies's Fibresand all-weather gallop at Naunton.
The gelding has been effective in major handicap hurdles after a disappointing start to his chasing career.
The switch of codes after he was beaten in a Newton Abbot chase has been rewarded with a clear-cut victory at Cheltenham, as well as frame finishes in a big pot at Haydock and The Ladbroke at Ascot.
His competitive streak always shows itself in his work and Double Ross looks in great heart for his next assignment, the Grade Two handicap hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
CHANGING TIMES has been going through an equally good patch and will be on a hat-trick if lining-up for the two-and-three-quarter-mile handicap chase at the same meeting.
He looks an improving performer and also caught the eye in his latest stretch up the steep strip with a recent winner.
KAYF ARAMIS isn't quite the force of old but after pleasing in a midweek pipe-opener, he could tackle the three-mile handicap hurdle at Ascot.
Of the novices in action, JIMMY THE HAT went well and he has a novice hurdle engagement at the weekend.
CHANCE DU ROY looked most unfortunate when falling in the Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree and could gain compensation if reappearing at Ascot on Saturday.
Philip Hobbs's fencer has an old-fashioned look about him and is normally the soundest of jumpers who promises to stay further.
He has worked nicely on his trainer's woodchip all-weather, looking to have benefited from a nice gap since Aintree in December.
SNAP TIE is an occasional visitor to the track and hasn't been easy to train, but the 11-year-old still has much to offer as his on-course record proves.
He has shaped well ahead of a probable run in the Grade Two race at Ascot.