The National Hunt season really kicks into gear this month and, though Chepstow in mid-month traditionally marks the start of the autumn/winter campaign for us, it was lovely to see the reappearing pair Trixster and Canton Prince combine to give us a double at Warwick yesterday, the perfect start to what promises to be a busy month for the yard.
Though he hadn’t reached the frame in five starts last term, Trixster did look like winning at Chepstow in January before falling at the last and the son of Beneficial is one that we have been really looking forward to seeing back on the racecourse this term. He showed a gritty attitude to get the better of the favourite after the last and, considering he will be much more at home over three miles on soft ground, I thought it was a very promising performance. We’ll give him his three weeks now and look for something at the beginning of next month.
Canton Prince has had more than his fair share of niggles in the past couple of seasons, but the seven year old son of Shantou was a smart novice hurdler and had looked to be coming with a strong challenge in the Persian War back in 2016 prior to making two dreadful mistakes. He has been lightly-raced since, but yesterday’s first outing for 11 months saw him produce a career-best effort that augurs very well for the months ahead, travelling strongly into the lead before three out and staying on well to score comfortably. We will look for a similar race for him next time and, hopefully he can win a nice prize this term.