Groundbreakers: the four horses making history at Musselburgh and Chepstow
Three races on Friday will feature horses sporting the 'w' prefix
Had the most recent of her two starts at Wetherby on November 29 when a 38-length third. Trainer Lucinda Russell said: "She just cut out a bit towards the end, so we had her soft palate cauterised. It's a very simple quick-fix operation that requires only three weeks recovery. If we think it's worked there's every chance she'll have a full wind operation at the end of the season."
Three-time winner but below par at Worcester on October 25. Trainer Nicky Martin said: "He had his second soft-palate operation on October 31. He had a full wind op a few years ago and then a first soft-palate. They say you can only do three ops, so this will have been his last one. People talk about a 50 per cent success rate in terms of improved performance. He's working like a demon at home."
Wimpole received a 'not run on' Racing Post in-running comment for his last-of-12 at Hereford on November 29. That was his second run, while Dr Hooves has raced only once, finishing fifth in an April Carlisle bumper. His trainer Lucinda Russell said: "He's never made much of a noise but didn't make it home up the hill. We decided to give him a hobday."
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