Ex-flat performer Spectator has been lightly-raced for us over hurdles since being purchased at the Horses In Training Sale in October 2016, but he remains a talented individual and hopefully yesterday’s last-gasp win at Musselburgh will be swiftly followed by further success in the coming weeks.
Having travelled powerfully in to the race on his reappearance at Carlisle in October only to wilt late on, he was again held up by Alan Johns on this first attempt at 2m4f and once again came into the home straight travelling best. He joined the leaders before the second-last, a little earlier than ideal, and the game looked up after he made a mistake at the last. However, having been headed 100 yards out, he rallied very gamely to get his head in front again near the line. The handicapper is unlikely to do much with his mark and hopefully we’ll find a similar contest for Spectator next time.
We briefly looked set for an across-the-card double when the exciting young Trixster hit the front at the last at Chepstow, but after jumping the flight well, he stumbled shortly afterwards and took quite a heavy fall. Thankfully, he was none the worse afterwards and he is a lovely prospect going forwards.
There was also a good effort in defeat from Fraser Canyon, who finished runner-up at Musselburgh, a month on from shedding his maiden tag at the same course.