Though it has taken a while for her to find her level, Tara Mac made the most of a career-low mark and the smallest field she has ever faced, holding on grimly under a strong ride from Tom O’Brien to win for the first time over fences at Lingfield Park yesterday.
She jumped fluently throughout and, entering the home straight, looked to be travelling better than the favourite and eventual runner-up. However, it was a gruelling test in heavy ground and Tom wisely held on to her for as long as possible, only going for everything after jumping the last, and she showed a very willing attitude to hold on for the win.
She shouldn’t go up too much for that and we’ll look for a similar contest on soft ground next time. Congratulations to her owners Brian and Wayne Jones.
I was delighted to see Point Of Principle follow up his Warwick debut win with another fine run, but it was a shame that, having travelled like the winner into the race, he was just outstayed up the long, uphill straight in what looked a good bumper. Nevertheless, the £8,500 purchase from Doncaster Sales has proved a bargain buy for his owners Oceans Racing, and yesterday’s performance under a penalty confirms that the four year old is definitely a useful individual in the making.
He is likely to have another run in a bumper this term, but I am really looking forward to getting him started over hurdles in due course, as he looks a lovely novice prospect for next season.