Bells Of Ailsworth has been a real star for his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle and he continued his improvement at Bangor yesterday with a facile success in the 3m handicap chase under Alan Johns.
A three-time winner last season, including twice over fences, he had run a very promising race on his return to action at Wetherby last month and duly stepped up on that yesterday, travelling very sweetly and jumping well en route to a very easy win. In front at the third last, he was soon well clear of some tiring rivals and crossed the line 23 lengths in front of his nearest pursuer.
We haven’t gone any plans for him just yet and will wait until his new mark is published tomorrow, but he will be forced to step up in grade and we’ll look for something early in the New Year.
I was really pleased with the run of Master Dancer in what was a hugely competitive handicap hurdle at Newbury. Upped 12lbs for his win at Cheltenham, he travelled as well as anything and I think he’d have gone close with a stronger gallop. He is clearly still improving and we may look to the Lanzarote at Kempton Park in January for his next run.