WIndswept Girl wins unchallenged at Taunton, trained by Anthony Honeyball and ridden by Rex Dingle

Anthony Honeyball Stable Tour 2020/21

On the eve of Anthony Honeyball's first intended runners of the 2020/21 National Hunt season, I caught up with the progressive Dorset handler to discuss his team - sponsored by geegeez.co.uk - for the campaign ahead.

It's an exciting blend of unraced stores, novices and experienced handicappers which should pay to follow.

Here, Anthony discusses current plans.

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HorseThoughts/ plan for this season?
ACEY MILAN (IRE)Goes novice chasing this season, wants ground on the easy side of good; 2m2f-3m nov hcap chase maybe Aintree early Nov. Feel his mark is workable in spite of performing well last season. Hoping he can progress into pattern chases.
AVOIR DE SOINS (IRE)He's had his problems but hopeful he can win a little handicap hurdle if his jumping holds up; if he can win one he might end up winning three! First things first, though.
BELLE DE MANECH (FR)Nice filly. Seems to handle any ground, will start in a mares' maiden hurdle; nearly ready to run. Home work is good, ignore final run last season where she was probably feeling the effects of a gruelling race at Ascot. Nice mare to follow.
BLEUE AWAY (IRE)Had an issue with cramping at the back end of her race; really pleased with her now and hopefully she'll go well in a mares' maiden hurdle early November. Really good jumper, probably start over two miles, ridden positively. Very hopeful.
BOB BACKUS (IRE)Taking his time to come to hand, and might need a bit of experience in novice hurdles; perhaps won't fully come to himself until novice handicap chases.
CAPTAIN CLAUDEHalf brother (Flinck) placed in Silver Trophy so promising sign. Just getting going now so hope to run in a bumper in Spring.
COQUELICOT (FR)Very strong galloper. Was a star for the yard and her owners (a geegeez syndicate) last season, winning three (including Listed bumper). The further she goes the better she goes. She'll start off in a maiden hurdle and then go down the mares' novice route, hopefully ending up at Cheltenham in March.
DEJA VUE (IRE)Schooled really well over fences; appreciates heavy ground and front running. Small field mares' novice chase and proper winter ground will be ideal for her.
DON LAMITrained really well so far, wants good to soft ground and should be competitive in three mile handicap chases, hopefully still progressive
DREAMING BLUE (GB)Has the stamina to make a juvenile; schooling has been fine, improving each time. Excited to see how he fares, probably starting next month. Also has the option to have a run or two on the flat.
FANFARON DINO (FR)Huge horse; showed well in bumper but no good twice in novice hurdles; bred to be very good (half brother to Champion Hurdler, Epatante). Might be seen to better effect in handicaps. Soft/heavy, 2m4f
FIRESTREAM (GB)Spring horse, strong pedigree. Could be very nice.
GABRIEL’S GETAWAY (GB)Staying pedigree, so likely to need more time. Might be ready for a spring bumper but more likely one for next season
GLORIOUS ISOLATION (IRE)Schooled eye-catchingly well, and has a fair engine. Might go straight to mares' maiden hurdles to make use of her athleticism.
GUSTAVIAN (IRE)Goes into handicaps off 120 which looks a decent starting perch. Dropped in usually because he's keen at home; but ended up having a bit too much to do more than once. There weren't many hurdles to jump the day he won, but he did it well. He's talented and will be well in if not pulling his chance away. Might progress to be a Pertemps type.
HIDEAWAY VIC (IRE)Going chasing. Schooled very well. Has had breathing issues, had a wind op. Handles deep ground, but 120 may not be a gimme in novices' handicap chases. That said, hoping he can win off that mark. Soft ground, 2m4f-3m
HOWLINGMAD MURDOCK (IRE)Apart from the name, he has a fair bit going for him! Brother to Easy As That, who is a very talented horse. Very straightforward so far. Looking towards spring bumpers with him.
JEPECK (IRE)Qualified already for the veterans' final, and that will be his primary target.
KAYF SERA SERA (GB)Another who if she wins one she might run up a sequence. Ran well on her debut at Ffos Las but not gone on over hurdles. Should improve with another summer on her back and may just need her first run back.
KHALINA STAR (GB)Geegeez syndicate mare. Still growing, good size; will come back in when the weather gets colder and be aimed at a spring bumper
KID COMMANDO (GB)Lovely horse, ran a cracker in the G2 Dovecote Hurdle. Always wants to please. Will ideally like 2m4f, softish ground, and could feasibly handicapped even off 136. Ready to go towards end of October, maybe at Aintree and then on to Haydock on Betfair Chase day.
KILCONNY BRIDGE (IRE)Mares' handicap hurdle at Wincanton next month is the initial target for her, then go from there. Tough ask off 126 but she's earned that after four wins last season. She'll jump a fence, maybe later in the season. Has schooled nicely, though may want to go right-handed
LE COEUR NET (FR)Quietly progressive from season to season, now rated 115, and will probably follow a similar path to last season (conditionals' race at Newbury, handicap chase at Wincanton)
LILITH (IRE)Think she wants soft ground - she has a very high knee action; looking forward to getting her over fences but will go novice hurdling this season. 2m4f mares maiden hurdle mid-Nov onwards in the mud
LILY THE PINK (GB)Has a bit of scope and may be interesting over a fence, but we may try to win one more handicap hurdle first.
MARCO ISLAND (IRE)Lovely big horse, aiming for a bumper in the spring but may not be quite ready until next autumn. Very much a chaser in the making
MARILYN MONROE (IRE)Runs off a lowly mark, and if she has any ability should be able to win races on decent ground. She is quirky but has schooled well and will be ready to go soon.
MIDNIGHT CALLISTO (GB)Lovely mare, schooling well; ready to go now in a mares' maiden hurdle. Has minor black type already, and looking forward to seeing how far she can go in that sphere.
MIDNIGHT TUNE (GB)Had a palate fire; pulled up in two of her last three, and this will probably be her final season before going to the paddocks. She'll be aimed at decent mares' chases and/or good class staying handicap chases. We love her to bits, and she owes the yard nothing.
MONT SEGUR (FR)Few little setbacks but has run very well in between. Quirky but really talented; schooled well over hurdles but won't go novice hurdling until after a bumper (or two) at Ascot end of the month.
MOONDANCER (GB)Well related to flat horses, smart flat pedigree but doesn't behave like a flat horse. Slowly getting the hang of things, and will be aimed at bumpers late this year.
NOCTURNAL MYTH (GB)Good work horse at home. Got a fair mark, had a wind op, should go very well in a handicap hurdle. Will then kick on over fences. Could be a lot of fun if he clicks this season.
PRECIOUS (IRE)Very (like, very!) big mare, and carries a lot of condition; but she always responds in her work. Hoping she'll be ready to go in November (both her sisters have won bumpers)
PURE VISION (IRE)Pretty good on his day but hasn't taken much racing in recent times; had a palate fire. Goes on any ground, probably better on softer side, 3m+. Everything seems right just now so hoping he'll be competitive again.
REGAL ENCORE (IRE)Superstar for the yard, likely to go back to Ascot before heading towards Aintree. Plan is well understood after a number of years the same: try to win a valuable handicap at Ascot before a tilt at the National. That said, might have a spin in the Becher this season.
REPRESENTED (IRE)Back cantering; wants quicker ground. Has had over a year out, but is looking really well now and hoping he's nicely handicapped off 107
ROCKET ROBBO (GB)Juvenile bumper horse. Quite pleased with him; he was bred by his owner who also bred Malinas Jack. Robbo was a little tentative at first but has been getting the hang of things. Hopefully be ready for a junior bumper in early December.
SAM BROWN (GB)Doing well. Planning to go to Haydock on Betfair Chase day where there's a valuable graduation chase, 2m5f. After that, not sure: maybe Welsh National, maybe the Grade 2 chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day. But first things first!
SOJOURN (IRE)Could have a nice weight for something like Welsh National; would have to win another smaller race first and then aim for a nice pot. Maybe the Tommy Whittle or something of that ilk.
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE x QUIET THOUGHTNice filly, will aim for spring bumper; if not, autumn.
SULLY D’OC AA(FR)Talented horse; had a palate fire just to give him every chance, feel like there's a very good handicap in him. Might want to run on good to soft ground, and definitely has a playable mark. Could drop back to two miles.
SWINCOMBE FLEAT (GB)Related to Firestream, be running in a bumper in November we hope. Good size, learning all the time, feels like a nice mare. Hopeful she'll go close on debut.
UCANAVER (GB)Really caught the eye when second to Coquelicot, with a winner in third and distance to the rest. Will run in a mares' bumper this week and looking forward to seeing how she goes.
WAGNER (IRE)Very nice horse; hard to know where to start: could go handicap hurdling but he has schooled well over fences, too, so a bit of a conundrum. Could be progressive, and seems nicely handicapped.
WINDANCE (IRE)May have another run in a bumper before going novice hurdling; schooling well though so could go straight down that route.
WINDSWEPT GIRL (IRE)Another geegeez mare, she keeps surprising us. We don't really know what her level is as she only ever does enough at home. She's very laid back, but won a minute at Taunton, albeit in a weak-looking race. Will either school more and go mares' maiden hurdling, or she'll run in another bumper; probably the latter.
WORLD OF DREAMS (IRE)Super pedigree, close up to Samcro on the page. Ready to run in a bumper in a fortnight or so.
YOU CAUGHT MY EYE (IRE)Stayed on really well in a weakish bumper; will stay in bumpers for now before going mares' maiden hurdling.

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  1. cadbar123
    cadbar123 says:

    What a day for Mr Honeyball. Good results. Only wish I had remembered to check the article again!

    Reply

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