The team remain in great form and we were delighted to record an across-the-card double yesterday with Tanit River and Fields Of Glory, our 50th and 51st winners of the season!
It is always exciting to see horses progress through the ranks and in Tanit River I feel we now have a genuine contender for the top staying handicap chases next term. A three-time winner over hurdles, he started the season off a mark of 117, but having won by a wide-margin in an admittedly uncompetitive four-runner affair at Towcester in November on his latest outing over fences, he took a big step forward yesterday to beat a strong field of novices in great style.
Ridden prominently and jumping well throughout, he travelled strongly into the straight and, once sent on before the second-last, quickened clear, eventually winning by 17 lengths. He is likely to have a mark in the mid/high 130s now and that opens up some good opportunities for him, but longer-term I very much see him as a Welsh National horse. Congratulations to his owners Martin Moore and Brian Ead!
Fields Of Glory (right) was a winner over hurdles at Huntingdon in March, but made an inauspicious chasing debut there in October before two placed efforts on his next two outings. Back up in trip after dropping to two miles on his penultimate outing, he travelled well under Richard Johnson and, though he required plenty of driving up the straight to get his head in front, he did so in good time and gamely held off the challenge of the eventual runner-up. At the age of seven, he remains a work in progress but I am confident he will be rating higher in time. Congratulations to his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn, who have now had 8 winners this season.