Bucking The Trend and Richard Johnson at Stratford

Conditions were desperate at Stratford on Thursday but the performance of Bucking The Trend on his hurdling debut certainly lifted the gloom!  
An impressive winner of a maiden point in Machen last season on his only start between the flags, he made a promising debut under rules last season when second to a smart bumper prospect at Ffos Las and showed a tremendous attitude to win well on this first start over hurdles, jumping well and staying on stoutly to win by over four lengths in what looked a competitive race.