We only had a small team out this weekend but they all looked to have chances and I was pleased to record two winners in as many days.
Might Snazy was off for some time prior to making a promising debut for the yard at Uttoxeter late last month and he showed the benefit of that outing with a good win in the 2m1f novice hurdle at Market Rasen. Faced with just three rivals, Richard Johnson bided his time before kicking for home two out and the race was quickly settled. He shouldn’t go up too much for that and I would certainly hope he can win again in novice company before being sent handicapping. Looking ahead, we also have the option of going novice chasing with him.
Swampfire ran well for a long way in the valuable 2m5f handicap hurdle and perhaps he just didn’t get home upped in trip, but I was pleased with his effort and that of Donnas Palm, who ran very well to finish sixth in the Summer Plate. We may look to give him a little break now and come back for some nice prizes in the autumn.
I was delighted with Hunting Tower‘s effort in what was a competitive handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot on Sunday and he should find a nice race off his mark. However, the best was saved for last there, with Chilbury Hill producing a career-best performance to win the 2m handicap chase by 13 lengths under Michael Byrne, his fifth win from six starts for us. His jumping was much-improved and we will look to run him under a penalty at Bangor on Wednesday, as the handicapper is likely to raise him a few pounds for Sunday’s win. The race had a total prize-fund of £10,000 as it was the Sunday 5K Bonus contest – it is an excellent scheme and certainly well worth supporting.