We had as strong a hand as I can remember for a single day’s racing yesterday, with 15 runners across 5 meetings, and I was delighted to come away with four winners and a further three seconds.
Owner Colin Davies had his first double with Langley and Whatshallwedo both winning easily. Langley had fallen on his debut for us at Fakenham last month but his work at home since suggested that had not knocked his confidence and he jumped well under Michael Byrne en route to a facile success.
Whatshallwedo had won on his debut for the yard at Bangor last week and was running without a penalty as he was switching from fences to hurdles. In the event it made no difference as he ran out a ready winner and hopefully we will be able to get both Whatshallwedo and Langley out again before the handicapper has his say. I was delighted to provide Richie Killoran with a winner on his first ride back for us since sustaining a broken collarbone.
Paradise Expected was returning from 9 months on the sidelines but after a wind operation she has been in much better form at home in recent weeks than had been the case at this time last year and showed great resolution to hold off a determined challenge from the runner-up in the 2m5f handicap chase. She shouldn’t rise too much in the weights and will hopefully prove capable of notching another win in the coming weeks.
Ben’s Folly provided the yard and jockey Michael Byrne with a third winner of the day at Ffos Las, showing an excellent attitude to keep going up the straight on tiring ground. A three-time winner on a sound surface last summer, he had been off for over a year prior to his recent comeback, where he had looked to need the run. He remains a progressive and relatively unexposed individual and hopefully he can go in again.
There were also some notable performances in defeat, with Valley Lad showing himself to be a useful prospect when finishing a narrow second in what appeared to be on paper a good maiden hurdle and Pure Genius bouncing back to form with a fine second at Market Rasen on her first start for nearly two years. Benefit Of Youth was another to show great promise, stepping up markedly on his debut form of last season when finishing a neck second in the concluding bumper at Ffos Las.