AkkapenkoRunner-up on his most recent start at Worcester, Akkapenko went one better at Sedgefield yesterday, shedding his maiden tag over hurdles with a comfortable success under Charlie Price.

Held up in the early stages, he hurdled fluently and travelled well into the race as the field approached the home bend.  Brought through to challenge at the second-last, he was in front at the last and kept on resolutely under another well-judged ride from Charlie, who has enjoyed a fine summer in the saddle, with 10 winners already on the board.

I doubt the handicapper will give Akkapenko a hard time for that success and, with another step up in trip a possible catalyst for further improvement, I am very hopeful that he can go in again next time for his owners, the Bill & Ben Partnership.