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Charlie Price off the mark!

PHOTO-2018-12-08-13-24-25 (1)Having just his second ride since turning conditional, Charlie Price enjoyed a day he won’t forget at Chepstow on Saturday when winning on Trixster for the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

Having looked the likely winner when coming down at the last at the course in January, Trixster got off the mark over hurdles at Warwick in October and finished runner-up on his latest outing at Southwell.

Back on heavy ground for the first time this season, he travelled noticeably well throughout the contest and, but just looked a little inexperienced when hitting the front, and required plenty of assistance from Charlie to hold off the persistent challenge of the eventual runner-up.

He is a very bright prospect and I can’t wait to send him chasing next term, but in the meantime we’ll look for another novice event (he escapes a penalty for this win, as it came in a conditional jockeys’ contest) before stepping up to handicap company.  Congratulations to Charlie and the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

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Queen reigns at Fakenham

PHOTO-2018-12-04-15-25-45Midnight Queen has been in really good form this season and the progressive eight year old added a hurdles success at Fakenham yesterday to her chase win at Newton Abbot in August.

Sporting a first-time visor, she was sent straight into the lead by Alan Johns and, jumping proficiently, she had a sizeable advantage for the majority of the contest, briefly coming back to the field on the final circuit before kicking clear again from three out, eventually coming home a clear winner.

She stays very well and does seem pretty versatile as regards ground, so hopefully there is another race in her in the coming weeks.  Congratulations to her owners Brian and Wayne Jones!

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Bolton Boy sheds maiden tag

DtBTzWwW0AcjDaQPromising four year old Bolton Boy made it third time lucky yesterday, coming home strongly under a fine ride from Alan Johns to win the National Hunt maiden hurdle at Sedgefield.

A store purchase in Ireland in 2017, he had shown promise both on his bumper debut in October and on his hurdling bow at Chepstow just three weeks ago, finishing in midfield in what looked a strong novice contest.

Held up in touch yesterday, he was one of the first to come off the bridle, but responded really well to pressure and, despite still having a good few lengths to make up on the eventual runner-up at the last, he finished best of all to get up in the final strides.

I’m sure he’ll learn plenty from that and, a half-brother to black-type performer Marinero and useful hurdler Tellthemnuttin, he looks a very bright prospect for his owner John Bolton.

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Cap wins again

Cap St Vincent MusselburghAn impressive winner at Ludlow just 11 days ago, Cap St Vincent showed he is a rapidly improving chaser with a bloodless success at Musselburgh yesterday under Alan Johns.

Raised 8lbs for his win on his previous start, the weight looked to make little difference to him as he travelled markedly well through the contest, jumping fluently.  Angled to the outside before the third-last, Alan brought him through to challenge two out and the pair were quickly clear after the last.

A half-brother to three useful performers and out of a half-sister to a Group 3 winner on the flat, he looks a useful prospect in the making and, though the handicapper will have his say once again, he should make a very bold bid for the hat-trick next time.

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Kovera follows up

DsIN1kKWsAIELt6Purchased for just £800 as a four year old, Kovera won his second race in quick succession yesterday, finishing strongly under a power-packed ride from Alan Johns to just get the better of a three-way tussle up the home straight at Newcastle.

The bargain buy is clearly an improving sort and though this win, off the same mark as when successful by 18 lengths at Sedgefield last time, was far harder-thought, there is little doubt he has considerably more potential over fences, having jumped particularly well on his way to victory at Sedgefield just a week ago.

The handicapper hasn’t taken severe action over the larger obstacles and that is what Kovera will return to next, the son of Antarctique looking to have an excellent chance of recording his third consecutive success for owners Oceans Racing!

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Cap St Vincent scores at Ludlow

Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 17.34.43A very well-bred five year old, Cap St Vincent looks a progressive young chaser in the making, getting off the mark at the second time of asking over the larger obstacles at Ludlow yesterday in the manner of a well-handicapped horse.

The son of Muhtathir joined us at the beginning of the year after and, having shown some promise over hurdles in the spring, the penny looks like it is beginning to drop with him now, as he travelled very well through the contest yesterday under Alan Johns before taking up the running at the third-last.  Though he made a bad mistake there, he quickly regained his momentum, coming clear after the last to score by eight lengths.

He looks to have plenty more to offer in this sphere and hopefully he will make a bold bid to follow up this win. Congratulations to his owners Brian and Wayne Jones!

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Kovera shed his maiden tag

Drf4vmEWkAAyOk9A maiden under rules, Kovera had won a point in April and, having finished runner-up on his previous start over fences at Southwell last month, he duly went one better with an authoritative display at Sedgefield yesterday under Alan Johns.

The six year old is bred for the job, being a half-brother to a cross-country winner in France and out of a half-sister to the smart Exit To Wave, and it was very pleasing to see him put in such a polished round of jumping in front which, despite the large winning margin of 18 lengths, was certainly a very big part of his success.

Providing the handicapper doesn’t overreact to the margin of victory, he should have an excellent chance next time and hopefully he can continue to progress for his owners Oceans Racing.

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Two from two for Tight Call

PHOTO-2018-11-05-16-28-46A £22,000 purchase at the Doncaster August Sale, Tight Call has made the perfect start to life at Pant Wilkin, building on his bumper success at Stratford last month with a taking display on his hurdling debut at Hereford yesterday under Richard Johnson.

The four year old was sent into the lead from the off and, jumping fluently throughout, he travelled well before putting the race to bed rounding the home turn.  It was an impressive performance from the exciting son of Mahler, who had been working well and looks capable of developing into a useful novice as the season progresses. We’ll look for a similar race next time but, if he can defy a penalty, we’ll then consider stepping him up in grade.  Congratulations to his owners Eric Newnham and Jonathan Shinton!

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Welsh National beckons for progressive Brian

A winner at Carlisle on his seasonal reappearance in October, Looksnowtlikebrian had been raised 4lbs for that effort, but in a stronger race he made light of that extra burden with a very impressive success, bounding clear to win in the style of a very progressive young chaser.

He travelled particularly well through the race under Richard Johnson before coming clear after the last and, now four from six over fences and with his mark likely to climb to the mid to high 130s, he will get into the Welsh National and that is very much the aim, with the possibility of one run beforehand, perhaps in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle at the beginning of December.

 

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Successful chasing debut for Chozen

Screen Shot 2018-10-27 at 18.36.27A winner over hurdles last November, Chozen has always looked a chaser in the making and the six year old ex-Irish pointer got off to the perfect start on his seasonal reappearance, making a winning debut over fences in a 2m handicap chase at Southwell yesterday under Alan Johns.

A keen-going sort, we rode him with plenty of restraint last term, but he is maturing now and Alan was keen to make plenty of use of him.  In front from the off, he was headed by the eventual runner-up on the first circuit, but hit the front again three from home and kept on strongly to score, the pair drawing a long way clear of Cap St Vincent, who finished a very pleasing third.

Chozen will stay further and soft ground should see him to even better effect, so hopefully there is a good deal to look forward to with him in the coming months.  Congratulations to his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn!

 

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