DtBTzWwW0AcjDaQPromising four year old Bolton Boy made it third time lucky yesterday, coming home strongly under a fine ride from Alan Johns to win the National Hunt maiden hurdle at Sedgefield.

A store purchase in Ireland in 2017, he had shown promise both on his bumper debut in October and on his hurdling bow at Chepstow just three weeks ago, finishing in midfield in what looked a strong novice contest.

Held up in touch yesterday, he was one of the first to come off the bridle, but responded really well to pressure and, despite still having a good few lengths to make up on the eventual runner-up at the last, he finished best of all to get up in the final strides.

I’m sure he’ll learn plenty from that and, a half-brother to black-type performer Marinero and useful hurdler Tellthemnuttin, he looks a very bright prospect for his owner John Bolton.