Our summer team are really hitting form now and I was delighted to register an across the card double at Perth and Worcester on Wednesday.
Duneen Point had shown plenty of promise when second on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter and, with the first and third both running well subsequently off marks in the 110’s, he looked on a decent mark off 104 on his novice handicap debut over the larger obstacles.
Always promiment over a trip that is on the short side for him, he jumped well for Richard Johnson and showed a really likeable attitude to repel a couple of challengers in the long home straight at Perth. He may step up to 2m6f next time and I hope he can follow up.
Ten minutes later, Chilbury Hill doubled our tally for the day with a battling success in the 2m4f handicap chase at Worcester. Now a 10 year old, he has done brilliantly for his owners Nick Wright and Brian Jones, for whom he was won four of his six starts since being purchased late last year. He is the type to only do just enough and, consequently, should remain on a fair mark once re-assessed. I hope he is capable of making it five from seven next time!
Our two runners at the weekend are both in the 0-150 handicap hurdle at Market Rasen on Sunday. Swampfire has his first run of the season and has been in good form at home, while Caravel didn’t seem happy over fences last time so is reverting back to hurdles and will be ridden by 10lbs conditional Alan Johns.