|Tanit River after his win yesterday|
After a double at Southwell at the beginning of the week, we rounded off the weekend with another success, Tanit River producing quite a taking performance to shed his maiden tag at the fourth time of asking in the 2m conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at Warwick under Alan Johns.
He has always shown plenty of ability at home and was sent off joint-favourite on his bumper debut, but he has been a slow learner so far, being much to keen on debut and again on his hurdles bow, when unseating his rider and galloping loose before the off.
He has clearly benefitted from a good break and, though a little keen again yesterday, it was very pleasing to see him respond generously to pressure after hitting the front two from home, eventually coming clear to win by over four lengths.
With 12 days to run without a penalty, we’ll certainly look to give him another run before the handicapper can have his say, with a 2m handicap hurdle at Chepstow next Thursday afternoon the obvious target for him. I am delighted for his owners Martin Moore and Brian Ead, who are tremendous supporters of ours and have been very patient with Tanit River.
We tried stepping Destroyer Deployed up in trip back over fences yesterday and, for the first half of the race, he looked to be enjoying himself. However, he made a dreadful blunder in front of the stands at halfway and he never managed to get back into it from there. Hopefully he can make amends in the coming weeks.