With just a few days of the 2018/19 National Hunt season remaining, we were delighted to register an across-the-card double yesterday, courtesy of Tight Call and Criq Sun.
The former, a £22,000 purchase at Doncaster in August, had won his first two starts in the autumn and had since run with great credit in defeat, going close in competitive handicap company and running a fine race prior to falling at the last at Ascot in February in a red-hot handicap. Faced with arguably his easiest task of the campaign, he made all the running at Fontwell Park yesterday for Alan Johns and never looked in any danger, the pair coming clear to win by eight lengths. Just a five year old, he will stay over hurdles next term and I hope there is a nice handicap in him.
Criq Sun only joined us in February and took a couple of runs to get into the swing of things. Thankfully none the worse for a fall at Taunton on his latest outing just three weeks ago, he returned to that track yesterday and ran out a facile winner of what was admittedly an uncompetitive handicap hurdle, leading conditional rider Connor Brace never having to get serious with the son of Zambezi Sun. We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does to his mark before deciding where he goes next, but he looks capable of adding to his tally in the coming weeks and could get in towards the bottom of the weights in a nice handicap this summer.