Our horses have continued in great form in recent weeks and after recording 11 winners in September (10 NH, one on the flat), we made the perfect start to October, with five winners across three courses yesterday!
Makethedifference was our first winner of the day, bouncing back to form with an authoritative win at Kelso under Tom O’Brien, bringing his record at the track to two from two. A dual winner last September, he looks back to somewhere near his best and we will look to bring him out under a penalty next week, when there are lots of options for him.
Half an hour later, Spectator completed a Kelso double for us with a comfortable win in the 2m novice hurdle, with Tom O’Brien again in the saddle. A useful handicapper on the flat for his previous connections, the win was a big step up on his hurdling debut in August and he looks the type to continue to improve as he gains experience over obstacles.
Bucking The Trend was our third winner of the day, winning on his seasonal reappearance at Uttoxeter on what was his first start over hurdles since finishing in midfield in the Albert Bartlett in 2013. He is a tremendously gutsy individual and, at the age of eight, could be set for his best season yet when returning to chasing, with the 3m1f handicap chase at Cheltenham’s October meeting his next target. Alan Johns has struck up an excellent relationship with Bucking The Trend and hopefully the pair can land a good prize over fences this season.
Our fourth winner came courtesy of Bells Of Ailsworth, who put in a determined effort under a similarly determined Richard Johnson to fend off a couple of strong challenges up the home straight to win at Huntingdon. He looks to have improved since returning from his summer break and hopefully can win again over hurdles, before reverting to fences in the new year.
The five-timer was completed by Chakisto, who was having just his second start for us, and his first since March, when winning at Uttoxeter, providing Alan Johns with a double. He travelled well throughout and, though the winning margin was just a length, he looks the type to progress now that he has got his head in front and hopefully he can make a bold bid to follow up next time.
It was a brilliant day, and I am glad to report that all 11 runners were absolutely fine this morning!