Experimentalist looked to have a facile task at Southwell yesterday, especially if the betting was to be believed, as he was sent off the 2-13 favourite. I don’t think we’ve had too many shorter priced favourites than that since I started training, but it certainly didn’t pan out as hoped, with Richard Johnson having to get very serious with him and it was only at the last, when his sole challenger fell, that he was able to coast home.
However, he is undoubtedly a better horse over further and, having now won twice in novice company, we will look to step him back up in trip in a bid for one more success before going novice handicapping.
I was pleased with the comeback effort of Ballymoat, who travelled nicely but just got a bit tired in the home straight on his first start since February. He has always looked a chaser and we will wait now for a novice handicap over fences in October.