There have been plenty of meetings abandoned due to weather conditions of late, so though Monday’s additional meeting at Musselburgh was a fair distance away, it was definitely a card worth supporting and we were delighted to come home with a winner, courtesy of Fraser Canyon.
Bovian Racing’s five year old had some fair form to his name over hurdles without ever having got his head in front where it mattered, but after a disappointing effort on soft ground at Exeter last time, he appeared to appreciate the better ground yesterday and, perked up by a first-time visor, he found enough for pressure under a strong ride from Alan to hold off the late challenge of the eventual runner-up. He shouldn’t go up much in the weights and, having shown a liking for the track, he could return for a similar contest for there on Wednesday 3rd January.
Closer to home, Looksnowtlikebrian made it second time lucky over fences with a 12-length win in the 2m5f handicap chase on heavy ground at Ffos Las. A bad mistake at the first fence apart, he jumped well and showed a tremendous attitude in the conditions to draw clear from his rivals under Richard Johnson. Out of a half-sister to an Eider Chase second, he looks to have stamina in abundance and hopefully he can continue to develop in staying chases in the coming months. Congratulations to his owners Steve and Reg Botham!
Nathans Pride ran a bold race in defeat when finishing second at Musselburgh and he is now likely to go back chasing next time, whilst I am glad to report that Champagne Chaser was none the worse after unseating Alan following a bad error in the novice handicap chase.