Owners Oceans Racing have had plenty to celebrate so far this season and the ex-French flat performer Panis Angelicus made it third time lucky over hurdles at Stratford yesterday to give the syndicate their fifth winner of the 2015/16 campaign!
Settling well in front under Richard Johnson, the pair never really looked in danger and, though the eventual runner-up closed before the second-last, Panis Angelicus is a thorough stayer and he drew right away in the closing stages to win by 18 lengths.
He does look capable of winning another novice hurdle with a penalty, but his immediate future is rather in the hands of the handicapper now and we’ll wait to see if he takes any action before deciding where Panis Angelicus goes next.
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The previous evening, I was pleased to see Beat The Tide (pictured right, enjoying a pick of grass yesterday) step up on his previous efforts over hurdles to finish second (though he would have been third but for the unlucky last-flight fall of the favourite). Another thorough stayer off the flat, he looks the type to continue to improve with racing and I hope he can make up into a nice handicapper this term.
Our only runner today is another ex-French flat horse in Createur, who goes in the maiden hurdle at Bangor (2.10pm).
We’ll have a couple of runners at Newton Abbot tomorrow on what is their feature card of the year, with Shout It Aloud and Lamool both in action, the latter running in the £36,000 2m5f handicap hurdle.
Lamool has been a star for us in the past year and a half, winning four times, including the last twice over hurdles. He is in great nick at home (picture left, relaxing this morning!) and we’re looking forward to running him tomorrow.