Be Bop Boru is on a steep upward curve and he maintained his unbeaten run in handicap company with a third success over hurdles in the past few weeks, at Sedgefield on Tuesday.
He has been raised to a mark of 103 for his previous successes but, having had to be driven out by Michael Byrne and running off 96, he shouldn’t go up any further and hopefully can go close in his bid for the four-timer next month! The win also saw us reach the 50-winner mark for the season.
The previous day, Dovils Date had sprung a surprise win in a handicap hurdle at Taunton, another winner in what has been a very good week for Michael Byrne.
In front for most of the race, Dovils Date benefited from two very wayward rivals in behind and I am hoping the handicapper doesn’t take the form literally! Congratulations to his owners, the Itsfuninit syndicate.
We were delighted with Hidden Identity‘s effort in the Mares’ Hurdle, finishing fourth to Quevega as that mare recorded her incredible sixth consecutive win in the race. She travelled so well through the race and, coming down the hill, we were all starting to get excited! She was beaten just over four lengths and it was a career-best effort. We haven’t made any firm plans with her just yet (Cheltenham in April is a possibility), but she has always looked a chaser in the making and she could well go over the larger obstacles next term.
I was also very pleased with Ackertac‘s run in the 3m Grade 3 handicap chase, in which he finished seventh, beaten 14 lengths. He has struggled on bad ground a couple of times this term, but this was much more like it and, now back on a fair mark, he is likely to return to Cheltenham for a 3m1f110y handicap chase at the April meeting, at which he won a novice chase over the same trip last year.