Ten days after shedding his maiden tag over fences at Plumpton, Bennachie took advantage of being able to run off the same mark when landing a competitive handicap chase at Taunton yesterday evening under Alan Johns.

The win didn’t look likely on a couple of occasions through the race, but he does stay well and, having come back on the bridle exiting the back straight, he found enough in reserve to hold off the challenges of the two placed horses, with the rest well beaten off.

Having had two quick races now, we’ll look to give him three weeks or so before his next run, when hopefully he can make a very bold bid for the hat-trick.  Congratulations to his owners Oceans Racing!

We have only our third ever runner in Ireland this evening, with Dadsintrouble (pictures above!) running in the 3m handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, the meeting at which Spirit Of Adjisa landed the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle for us back in 2011.  Hopefully he can run a big race for owner Paul Bowtell, who is celebrating his birthday with a couple of days’ racing at Punchestown!