Our horses are in fine form at present and from a total of five runners yesterday at Uttoxeter and Worcester, we returned with three winners, a second and a third.
Dingat has had his career held up by injury but he has plenty of ability and it was no surprise to see him defy a mark of 108, especially after a promising reappearance run in March. Thankfully he is fine this morning and is now likely to be kept for an autumn campaign. I am delighted for his owner Graham Handley, who has been very patient and for whom this was a much-deserved success.
Spanish Optimist improved markedly on his only previous start under rules when running out a ready winner of the 3m novice hurdle at Uttoxeter under a no-nonsense ride from Richard Johnson. He is another who has the ability to progress further (he was sent off favourite for an Irish point won by Simonsig!) and will be kept on the go this summer.
Paddy Partridge has not been given much help by the handicapper since winning a novice hurdle in 2010 but he showed he retains his enthusiasm when winning on his first start in selling company. He should be a useful sort at that level in the coming months.
A very sad postscript to the weekend was the fatal fall of Bottman at Haydock Park on Saturday. Owned by The Oxymorons, Bottman was in the process of running a really good race when falling at the last. Our commiserations go to his owners and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the yard.