Our horses have been running very well of late without getting their heads in front, so we were delighted to see Dalaman fulfill the promise of his debut run at Exeter last month with an authoritative success in the junior bumper at Towcester yesterday on just his second career start.
It turned into a real test for the three year olds, with Michael Byrne bringing Dalaman upsides to challenge the front-running second-favourite with just under a mile left to run, conscious that he did not want to allow the leader an easy time of it in front. It proved a good move, with Dalaman hitting the front early in the straight and keeping on very strongly to draw clear, showing a good attitude in the process. A half-brother to our useful hurdler Hawkhill, he looks to have a bright future.
I was very pleased with the run of Lamool in a valuable handicap chase at Newbury on Friday. Though he lost his unbeaten record over fences, he acquitted himself very well off a mark of 134 in a race which was not run to suit those held up. Seemingly best fresh, we will give him four or five weeks before looking for something for him, so he should be out again early in the new year.