Just under a year since he recorded a quick-fire double on his first two starts in handicap hurdles, Tanit River recorded the third success of his career to date with a ready win at Bangor yesterday under Alan Johns.
Having shown a lot of promise on his reappearance at Ascot, he wasn’t at his best in two runs late last year, but a break since had seen him return better than ever in his work at home and he duly reproduced that on the racecourse yesterday, winning by 12 lengths.
Settled in behind the leaders in the early stages, he quickly made up ground courtesy of a big leap at the last down the back (pictured left), and once produced with a challenge before the second-last, he quickly settled matters in the style of an improving horse.
Given the race looked to lack strength in depth, it is hoped the handicapper won’t overreact and we will give him a couple of easy days and wait and see what mark he gets before deciding on where he runs next. Congratulations to his owners Brian Ead and Martin Moore!
We have four runners today, with Isla Di Milano and Glimpse Of Gold in the opener at Ludlow, and Bells Of Ailsworth and Royale Django in over hurdles and fences respectively at Taunton.
It’s almost hard to keep up with the milestones reached by Richard Johnson this season, but a first career double century, with nearly two months of the season to go, is another incredible achievement.
Having recorded winner number 200 in typical gritty fashion on Cheat The Cheater at Warwick last week, he has already added another five to his tally and it will be fascinating to see what number he reaches by the end of the season on Saturday 23rd April – hopefully we will have provided him with a few more by then!
SMOKEY FINE AFTER LEICESTER MISHAP
I am relieved to report Wings Of Smoke and Evan David are both none the worse after a mishap at the third-last in the Hunter Chase at Leicester on Tuesday. Smokey had been travelling powerfully at the time and, though the winner won well, it certainly looked as if he would have provided a very strong challenge had the pair managed to stay intact.