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Step up in trip the key for Briac

Briac showed notable improvement for a step up in trip at Ffos Las yesterday, winning impressively on his third start since joining us…and in the race we sponsored!

Held up in the early stages, he travelled noticeably well throughout and, though I was worried about the longer trip on what was very soft ground, he certainly appeared to enjoy the extra emphasis on stamina, keeping on strongly to score by nine lengths in the hands of Alan Johns.

We’ll have to see what the handicapper does to his mark, but in the meantime we will look to give him a couple of entries over fences next week, as he could run without a penalty and hopefully he can follow up before he is re-assessed.  Congratulations to his owner Olly Harris!


Trio of wins for Trixster!

TrixsterTrixster has been a model of consistency this term and the six year old recorded his third win of the campaign with a fine front-running performance at Kelso yesterday.

Charlie Price, who had recorded his first win over jumps on Trixster at Chepstow last time, poached a couple of lengths at the start and setlled Trixster into a lovely rhythm in front.  Jumping well, he maintained that narrow advantage and knuckled down very well to hold off the runner-up, who had come with his challenge at the last.

Having now won an EBF Qualifier, we could well look to freshen him up and then head to the EBF Final, a valuable handicap at Sandown in early March.  However, there are plenty of other options and we’ll give him a quiet week and have a think on plans for him next.  Congratulations to his owners in the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

I was also delighted with Prince Charmin‘s second in the class 2 handicap hurdle at Kelso yesterday on what was his first outing over hurdles since joining us.  I’m sure he’ll gain plenty of confidence from the run and he looks capable of landing a similar prize in the weeks ahead.


De Forgotten One impresses at Doncaster

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 15.33.05A shade keen when sixth on his rules debut in a good Ascot bumper in November, De Forgotten One made his second start for the yard a winning one at Doncaster yesterday, making all the running to win the 2m5f maiden hurdle under a well-judged front-running ride by Alan Johns.

Sent straight into the lead, De Forgotten One jumped well throughout and, given a breather before the home straight, he quickly had the field in trouble when quickening up the straight and kept on strongly to score in very good style.

The five year old ex-Irish pointer, winner of his only start in points at four, looks a lovely prospect for fences down the line, but that’s for next season and, in the meantime, I hope he can win a nice pot over hurdles this term for owner David Fox.  We’ll look for a similar novice contest under a penalty next time, before hopefully stepping up in grade.


Charlie Price off the mark!

PHOTO-2018-12-08-13-24-25 (1)Having just his second ride since turning conditional, Charlie Price enjoyed a day he won’t forget at Chepstow on Saturday when winning on Trixster for the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

Having looked the likely winner when coming down at the last at the course in January, Trixster got off the mark over hurdles at Warwick in October and finished runner-up on his latest outing at Southwell.

Back on heavy ground for the first time this season, he travelled noticeably well throughout the contest and, but just looked a little inexperienced when hitting the front, and required plenty of assistance from Charlie to hold off the persistent challenge of the eventual runner-up.

He is a very bright prospect and I can’t wait to send him chasing next term, but in the meantime we’ll look for another novice event (he escapes a penalty for this win, as it came in a conditional jockeys’ contest) before stepping up to handicap company.  Congratulations to Charlie and the Pant Wilkin Partnership!


Queen reigns at Fakenham

PHOTO-2018-12-04-15-25-45Midnight Queen has been in really good form this season and the progressive eight year old added a hurdles success at Fakenham yesterday to her chase win at Newton Abbot in August.

Sporting a first-time visor, she was sent straight into the lead by Alan Johns and, jumping proficiently, she had a sizeable advantage for the majority of the contest, briefly coming back to the field on the final circuit before kicking clear again from three out, eventually coming home a clear winner.

She stays very well and does seem pretty versatile as regards ground, so hopefully there is another race in her in the coming weeks.  Congratulations to her owners Brian and Wayne Jones!


Bolton Boy sheds maiden tag

DtBTzWwW0AcjDaQPromising four year old Bolton Boy made it third time lucky yesterday, coming home strongly under a fine ride from Alan Johns to win the National Hunt maiden hurdle at Sedgefield.

A store purchase in Ireland in 2017, he had shown promise both on his bumper debut in October and on his hurdling bow at Chepstow just three weeks ago, finishing in midfield in what looked a strong novice contest.

Held up in touch yesterday, he was one of the first to come off the bridle, but responded really well to pressure and, despite still having a good few lengths to make up on the eventual runner-up at the last, he finished best of all to get up in the final strides.

I’m sure he’ll learn plenty from that and, a half-brother to black-type performer Marinero and useful hurdler Tellthemnuttin, he looks a very bright prospect for his owner John Bolton.


Cap wins again

Cap St Vincent MusselburghAn impressive winner at Ludlow just 11 days ago, Cap St Vincent showed he is a rapidly improving chaser with a bloodless success at Musselburgh yesterday under Alan Johns.

Raised 8lbs for his win on his previous start, the weight looked to make little difference to him as he travelled markedly well through the contest, jumping fluently.  Angled to the outside before the third-last, Alan brought him through to challenge two out and the pair were quickly clear after the last.

A half-brother to three useful performers and out of a half-sister to a Group 3 winner on the flat, he looks a useful prospect in the making and, though the handicapper will have his say once again, he should make a very bold bid for the hat-trick next time.


Kovera follows up

DsIN1kKWsAIELt6Purchased for just £800 as a four year old, Kovera won his second race in quick succession yesterday, finishing strongly under a power-packed ride from Alan Johns to just get the better of a three-way tussle up the home straight at Newcastle.

The bargain buy is clearly an improving sort and though this win, off the same mark as when successful by 18 lengths at Sedgefield last time, was far harder-thought, there is little doubt he has considerably more potential over fences, having jumped particularly well on his way to victory at Sedgefield just a week ago.

The handicapper hasn’t taken severe action over the larger obstacles and that is what Kovera will return to next, the son of Antarctique looking to have an excellent chance of recording his third consecutive success for owners Oceans Racing!


Cap St Vincent scores at Ludlow

Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 17.34.43A very well-bred five year old, Cap St Vincent looks a progressive young chaser in the making, getting off the mark at the second time of asking over the larger obstacles at Ludlow yesterday in the manner of a well-handicapped horse.

The son of Muhtathir joined us at the beginning of the year after and, having shown some promise over hurdles in the spring, the penny looks like it is beginning to drop with him now, as he travelled very well through the contest yesterday under Alan Johns before taking up the running at the third-last.  Though he made a bad mistake there, he quickly regained his momentum, coming clear after the last to score by eight lengths.

He looks to have plenty more to offer in this sphere and hopefully he will make a bold bid to follow up this win. Congratulations to his owners Brian and Wayne Jones!


Kovera shed his maiden tag

Drf4vmEWkAAyOk9A maiden under rules, Kovera had won a point in April and, having finished runner-up on his previous start over fences at Southwell last month, he duly went one better with an authoritative display at Sedgefield yesterday under Alan Johns.

The six year old is bred for the job, being a half-brother to a cross-country winner in France and out of a half-sister to the smart Exit To Wave, and it was very pleasing to see him put in such a polished round of jumping in front which, despite the large winning margin of 18 lengths, was certainly a very big part of his success.

Providing the handicapper doesn’t overreact to the margin of victory, he should have an excellent chance next time and hopefully he can continue to progress for his owners Oceans Racing.