We came very close at Cheltenham yesterday, with three of our four runners reaching the frame, Be Bop Boru coming closest to victory in the 3m handicap hurdle.
Having run up a hat-trick in low grade handicap hurdles this spring, Be Bop Boru continued his progression in this significantly more competitive contest and, hitting the front after the second last, he looked set to make it four in a row. However, he was headed on the run-in and, though he rallied bravely, he went down by just over a length. His owners in The Oak Syndicate (pictured left) enjoyed a fantastic day to cap what has been a very successful season for Be Bop Boru, who will now go out to grass for the summer.
Oscars Den confirmed he is a high-class prospect when finishing second in the opening novice hurdle, travelling strongly throughout and finding only a 138-rated rival too good. There were some useful novices in behind and, though it was a first defeat under rules for Oscars Den, it was a career-best effort on his fourth start and we are really looking forward to seeing him over fences next term.
Figaro ran much better back on good ground to finish third in the concluding handicap hurdle. Settled in rear in the early stages, Bradley Gibbs made a big move to bring him through to lead after the third last but, though the partnership led to the final flight, they couldn’t hold on, eventually finish six lengths off the runner-up. Having had just seven starts over hurdles, Figaro remains capable of better still.