Following a double with our only two runners at Cartmel last week, we took five to Perth yesterday and were rewarded with another two winners, courtesy of Danboru and Cape Hideaway.
Danboru had recorded a career-best effort when winning over hurdles at Newton Abbot nine days earlier and, running without a penalty back over the larger obstacles, he looked to have an excellent chance. The 2m4f trip was the concern though and, having travelled well, he was slightly outpaced by the strong-travelling winner after the third-last. However, he kept on very gamely, jumped the final two well and Charlie Price was then seen to great effect in galvanising one final effort to reel in the eventual runner-up in the dying strides.
He should continue to be competitive over fences, but we will also have him entered up in novice hurdles again, as he could well prove capable of winning another under a penalty. Congratulations to his owner Lycett Racing Ltd!
Cape Hideaway has taken time to find his form, but he was dropped in grade yesterday, with just one horse rated above his mark of 98, and with a visor on for the first time, he travelled well off a strong pace, which was a help for him over the minimum trip. Taking up the running entering the home straight, he kept on resolutely under an accomplished ride from Mark Galligan, who has only just started with us at Pant Wilkin. Hopefully that win will give Cape Hideaway plenty of confidence and, given he shouldn’t get too much of a hike in the weights, he should be very competitive again next time. Well done to his owners in the Kings Head Duffield Racing Partnership!
It was a shame to see Spectator just touched off in the 3m handicap hurdle, having been finessed into the race by Alan Johns. He needs things to drop just right, but the ability is there to win more races and hopefully he will land on one soon.