I always like to have runners (and winners!) at Bangor and was delighted with the performance of Hidden Identity in the mares novice hurdle yesterday.
A ready winner of a Limerick bumper last December (the form of which had subsequently been franked by the runner-up), she wasn’t 100% after her debut for us at Catterick in March, where she could only finish a distant third.
However, she has really blossomed over the summer and, despite doing plenty wrong through the race, she joined the leaders travelling very well and picked up in good style under Richard Johnson to win comfortably.
The handicapper shouldn’t be too harsh on her as she was receiving a stone from the 120-rated runner-up, but I was very pleased with the performance and hopefully she can develop into useful novice this season, with one of the mares’ finals in the spring the aim.