The horses continue in fine form and we were delighted to record an across-the-card double yesterday, bringing us to 25 winners for the season so far.
Third on his hurdling debut at the end of last season, Jembug Drummer took a step forward on his reappearance to score in great style at Bangor under Alan Johns. The son of Jeremy still looked a little green through the race and was under pressure leaving the back straight, but he stayed on strongly to join the eventual runner-up over the second-last and drew clear to win by 12 lengths for owners Paul and Louise Bowtell. He shouldn’t be unduly punished by the handicapper and we will get an opening mark next week before deciding where he goes next.
Owners The Bill & Ben Partnership had to wait a while for Akkapenko to get his head in front over hurdles, but the five year old followed that first success over timber last month at Sedgefield with a very pleasing win at Huntingdon under Richard Johnson. He travelled and jumped well, picked up nicely to challenge before the second-last and kept on resolutely, showing a likeable attitude. He shouldn’t go up much for that and I am very hopeful that he can go on to record the hat-trick next time!