We were looking forward to Liberty Court this season, but he had a couple of little niggles after his belated reappearance at Sandown Park in December, meaning yesterday’s run at Taunton was just his second start of the campaign.
It was therefore a relief to see him confirm the promise of his strong novice form of last term, hitting the front two out and coming clear to win easily under Richard Johnson. He looks sure to make up into a useful chaser next term, but off what looks a fair mark at present we may look for a nice handicap hurdle for him in three weeks or so. Congratulations to his owners Derek Passant and Glenn Butt.
|Lamool (right) jumping the last at Ludlow|
At Ludlow, Lamool created a good impression on his debut for us in what was a competitive novice handicap chase. High-class on the flat in Germany as a three year old, he went on to finish fourth in Grade 1 company as a juvenile hurdler in France but had failed to maintain that level of form since.
However, he had schooled very well over fences at home and Michael Byrne was very complimentary about him after yesterday’s win. I am delighted for his owners Jeff and Rachel Frost, who have several with us and have always been very good supporters.
|Stonethrower and Alan Johns|
Our final winner of the day came courtesy of Stonethrower, who was given an excellent ride by 10lbs claimer Alan Johns to win the feature handicap chase. Off for 18 months with tendon issues, he had needed the run on his comeback at Towcester last month and showed the benefit of that outing with a convincing success yesterday, always travelling well and keeping on strongly up the straight. His owner Steve Clarke has been tremendously patient and yesterday’s prize was a fitting reward!