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Henry Brooke: Concetto can lead them home at Huntingdon

It’s been a busy period for me over the Easter weekend, but it was nice to ride a winner with Duke Of Deception for Olly and Josh at Haydock on Saturday.

I was very pleased with him, and he’s a horse that prefers better ground. I think we may not have seen the best of him yet, and it looks like there could be more improvement to come. All being well, the plan is to run him in the Highland National at Perth at the end of April, where I think he would have a good chance.

We now move on to Rhino’s sponsored meeting at Huntingdon, where I’ve got five rides on Easter Monday, all for Olly and Josh.

What is it like to ride Huntingdon?

I like going to Huntingdon. It’s a flat, right-handed track where you have a lot of time to nurse your horse into a race. They always seem to go a true gallop, and it usually dries out well, so hopefully, we’ll have some good ground on the day.

My Huntingdon Rides

1.05 –  Dog Fox (Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero)

He’s my first ride on the card and he’s a horse that I think has been crying out for some good ground. We’ve only had the one run with him over hurdles when he finished fourth at Market Rasen, but he’s progressing well and hopefully it will stay dry for him.

2.10 – Copernic Du Mazet (Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero)

He’s a progressive horse, that’s one for the future. He ran well at Ayr in the first-time hood in December, but he then probably struggled a little bit to get up the hill at Carlisle, when he finished third last month. He’s a horse that still has a bit of growing up to do and he’ll strengthen up for next year. However, we will take our chance and we’re hoping he can run a nice race.

2.45 – Concetto (Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero)

I’m hoping there won’t be a mad rush for the lead here, as he’s a horse I think that prefers to be on the front end. He now returns to a track that he’s won at before, so that will be a big positive. He looks like he’s got a lot of things in his favour, so I can’t see why he won’t run a good race.

3.55 – Lucky Lover Boy (Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero)

He’s a bit of a yard favourite, who is back down to what looks to be a good mark. He recently had a prep run in a charity race, which he won with Rachel from the yard. I’d be slightly worried about Notimeforanother trained by Jedd O’Keefe that I won at Doncaster, as he looked like a horse who had a lot more improvement to come, so he’ll be my main danger here.

4.30 – Eagles Gold  (Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero)

I know this horse well as I broke him in at home. He’s a nice sort, who is big but a little bit on the weak side at the moment. He’s been away and done good work, but he might just need the experience, so we are hoping he can have a nice introduction on his racecourse debut.

I hope you are all having a good Easter and you’ll be hearing from me again soon.

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