The horses continue in fine form, and we recorded our 9th and 10th winners of October with an across-the-card double at Worcester and Fontwell Park yesterday, courtesy of Fayette County and Looksnowtlikebrian.
Fayette County was stepping up beyond 2m4f for the first time, having run very well over that trip at Uttoxeter on his previous start. He travelled strongly off a slow gallop, jumped well throughout and was brought to challenge between the last two fences. However, having hit the front at the last, he was headed inside the final furlong and Alan Johns, who is riding out of his skin at present and represents outstanding value for his 3lbs claim, had to be at his strongest to get the game Fayette County back up in the final strides.
He shouldn’t go up much for that win, but I am hopeful that it will do plenty for his confidence and, now that he has proven he stays further and with softer ground expected to help, hopefully he can go on to land a nice prize in the coming months for owner JP McManus.
Looksnowtlikebrian was purchased as a store at the Goffs Land Rover Sale and is a lovely type for the future, so we were delighted to see him off the mark at Fontwell Park under an excellent ride from George Blackwell, whose 10lbs claim in the conditional jockeys’ contest certainly made the difference between victory and defeat.
However, it is fair to say track, trip and ground were probably against Looksnowtlikebrian, who is a real galloper and looks sure to progress further once upped in trip on softer ground and, in due course, when sent chasing. Congratulations to his owner Steve Botham!