Seconditis struck yesterday, with both Milborough and Rev It Up finishing runner-up, each beaten under a length.
Milborough has taken to chasing really well this term, winning at Uttoxeter in December before finishing runner-up in the Grade 2 Towton at Wetherby and 8th, beaten under nine lengths, in the 4m National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last month.
Unfortunately, he bumped into a 136-rated rival yesterday and, though he pushed the eventual winner all the way to the line, it wasn’t quite enough and he had to settle for second. Ideally suited by a soft surface, we may look to give him one more run in novice company before the end of the month if we can get his ground.
I was very pleased to see Rev It Up bounce back to form at Ffos Las, the post just coming to soon after Richard Johnson had conjured up a late effort, having been hard at work for a circuit. It looked a competitive handicap hurdle and, with the front pair 11 lengths clear, the form has a very solid look to it. He is another who likes to get his toe in and if we could get some soft/heavy ground in 4-5 weeks, there are a few nice handicaps around for him.
I am also pleased to report that both Saint Are and Golan Way are absolutely fine following their tumbles at Aintree last week.