Uncle Tone (pictured yesterday) has really blossomed this summer, a blip at Warwick last time aside, and he recorded his second win in novice company with a ready success at Ludlow on Wednesday under Micheal Nolan.
He probably wasn’t particularly well-suited by making his own running in the early stages and he seemed happier once getting a lead from the eventual runner-up. As much as 8-10 lengths down in the back straight, Micheal brought him through with a strong challenge at the third last and the pair kept on strongly to win by 12 lengths.
Hopefully the handicapper will decide to leave him on his mark of 120, in which case we will look to return to handicap company with him, but we’ll give him an easy week and wait until his mark is published next tuesday before making any decisions.
That win was followed by a narrow second for Rye House, who put in by some way his best performance over hurdles to date, just getting the worse of a battle with a rival that was recording a hat-trick of wins over hurdles. Hopefully he will not be long in winning, which should also apply to Createur, who ran encouragingly on his handicap debut at Exeter yesterday under Alan Johns, again finding only a hat-trick seeking rival too good. Still only a four year old and having just his fifth start over hurdles, it was his best run to date and he deserves to find an opening soon.
Richard Johnson was in this morning and we schooled plenty of our upcoming runners, with several pictured below. The Chepstow Jumps Festival that really kickstarts the National Hunt season into action starts tomorrow and we have six declared over the two-day meeting.
EXPLAINED (G Blackwell) BELIZE (R Johnson)
TIDESTREAM (A Johns) OSCAR FIAIN (M Byrne)
NATHANS PRIDE (A Johns) DADSINTROUBLE (R Johnson, leading)
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