We had two runners in the conditional jockeys handicap chase at Newbury on Friday and I was delighted with both runners, Wings Of Smoke getting off the mark over fences at just the second time of asking, while Qoubilai finished 4th.
While Qoubilai adopting his customary front-running tactics, Wings Of Smoke was dropped right out by Michael Byrne. Both horses jumped really well and, while Qoubilai may just need a bit further on the back of this run, Wings Of Smoke travelled strongly and picked up very well when asked.
I am also relieved to report that Saint Are is absolutely fine after his fall in the Hennessy on Saturday. It is obviously very frustrating as I felt he was ready to run a big race, but the important thing is that he has come back none the worse and hopefully he can make amends in the near future.