Robbers Roost took a big step forward when runner-up to a good novice at Southwell on his penultimate start so we were very hopeful he could go one better on his first attempt at three miles at Chepstow on Saturday.
Settled in rear in the early stages, Michael Byrne brought him through to challenge two out and, with the favourite falling at the flight, it was left to Robbers Roost and Pant Wilkin stablemate Always Archie to fight it out for bragging rights in the yard!
Robbers Roost looks a thorough stayer and, from the family of the high-class staying chaser Foxchapel King, I am looking forward to sending him over fences in the autumn, while it was a big step forward for ex-pointer Always Archie on his second start under rules and. Having jumped, travelled well and enjoyed himself in front, he looks capable of further progress this season.
Our only runner yesterday was Golan Way, who put in a very good round of jumping under Bradley Gibbs to win easily on his hunter chase debut at Warwick on just his second outing since December 2012.
His debut for the yard at Musselburgh last month came to a premature end as Golan Way unseated Bradley at the second fence, but thankfully horse and rider returned home safely and, having been given plenty of time since, he won impressively in what was his prep-race for the Grand National at Aintree in April.