A £10,000 purchase at the Doncaster September Sale, Baboin built on his first start for us, when third at Lingfield Park last month, with a gutsy display to win at Uttoxeter yesterday under Charlie Price.
Racing in the colours of the newly-formed Chepstow & Ffos Las Racing Club, Baboin was in an excellent position throughout, hit the front two out and kept on really well to hold off his two close pursuers.
That was just his fifth run over hurdles and I’m confident there is plenty more to come from this half-brother to Grade 1 winner Bapaume – we’ll look for something similar under a penalty next time.
I was delighted with the run of Copper Gone West, who finished a good second in the Mares’ Listed Hurdle at Warwick, having filled the same position on her previous outing at Sandown Park. Her completion record under rules reads 271212122 and there looks to be further improvement to come. We’ll have a chat with her owner Paul Bowtell before deciding where she goes next.