A smaller team than is usually the case for us at Ffos Las yesterday, with just three runners on the card, but they yielded two winners and a very close second on what was an excellent afternoon for the yard.
The very game Alborz won his second race over timber with a front-running success in the juvenile hurdle. He remains quite careful over the obstacles, but he has a terrific attitude, acts in any ground and, having run down the final flight, he picked up really well when asked by Richard Johnson to win in good style. He looks the type to continue to improve and I hope he can go on to further success in the coming months.
Our second runner, Ski Sunday, is a real favourite in the yard and, having appeared out of sorts last term, we are delighted to have him back in form this time around. Runner-up at Kempton Park last time, he travelled well through the race yesterday and, having been outpaced approaching the last, rallied particularly well and, to many observers, looked to have got up on the line. Sadly, photographic evidence suggested otherwise, the losing margin a nose.
Diamond Racing, who are one of our biggest supporters, sealed a fantastic day with Scorched Son, who ran away with the 2m handicap hurdle, providing owners, trainer and jockey Richard Johnson with a double!
Scorched Son had shown promise before getting tired on his return from a layoff at Sandown Park last time and, stripping fitter this time, he won very nicely indeed and may bid for a quick follow-up at Haydock Park on Saturday.