Orchardstown Cross

2011 bay gelding by Westerner ex Shang A Lang (Commander Collins)

A really taking individual, Orchardstown Cross showed a high level of form in three starts in points and could be a very well-handicapped horse for the season ahead.

Third in a really strong point on his debut in an Irish point in March 2016, he finished runner-up on his UK point debut last December before bolting up on his next start, coming home an eased-down nine lengths clear of two horses that went on to win their next starts in good style, so the form looks strong.

Having made a promising hurdling debut in a deep contest at Warwick in February, he scoped poorly after his only run since but, now a six year old and coming back after a summer break for which he has done particularly well, he is now ready to fulfill his potential and he looks sure to win races this term.

A second foal, he is a full-brother to Timeforwest, who improved 27lbs in the space of a month once sent handicapping last season and is now bordering on mares’ Listed class, whilst the dam is a half-sister to the likes of Down In Neworleans (Racing Post Rating 150) and the top-class mare Chomba Womba, who was a three-time winner at Grade 2 level.

Orchardstown Cross will have one more run in a novice chase in September before going handicapping and he looks set for a very exciting and successful campaign.