I was delighted to see both our representatives at Worcester today come home in front, with the prolific Chilbury Hill going in for the sixth time in 2013 and Falcarragh following up on his recent win at Stratford.
Chilbury Hill rarely makes it look easy (the one exception being a facile victory over fences at Newton Abbot in July) but, as a result, I’m sure he has been a very hard horse for the handicapper to pin down and he recorded the sixth win of the year with another battling success under a strong ride from Michael Byrne, who is riding particularly well at the moment and for whom Chilbury Hill was a third winner from his last four rides.
Though the plan had been to give him a break following his below-par run at Ffos Las last week, he seemed in great form at home and, having come out of yesterday’s race in typically good fashion, we may look to give him one more run in the coming fortnight.
Falcarragh looked to have a relatively simple task on his hands in the concluding 2m4f novice hurdle but things rarely work out that way and, having been forced to make the running, he had to be kept right up to his work by Richard Johnson to get home by under two lengths. Though the performance was not what we had hoped for given his profile, I’m sure he will be seen to better effect granted a good pace in handicap company and he remains an exciting proposition for the good novice handicaps this term. That said, we will almost certainly look to win a third novice contest before going down that route.
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