Another excellent week so far for the Barbury team
We all have fingers firmly crossed that Cheltenham, who have lost the first day of their November meeting tomorrow after torrential rain, might still race on Saturday and Sunday, especially with the Barbury team continuing in excellent form, having boasted four winners and three seconds already this week.
Valdez, sharper for his Market Rasen, won at Hereford on Tuesday, much to the delight of his breeders, David and Julie Andrews, who followed the 12-year-old’s career since they celebrated his arrival as a foal and were quick to send Alan and the team congratulations.
We enjoyed a superb Wednesday, with two winners and our only other runner, Kozier, making a very encouraging comeback to finish second at Exeter on what was his first run for two years.
The victors were Notachance, who, having been chinned on the line on his chasing debut at Southwell, made the most of bottomweight when landing a stronger race at Haldon, and mudlark Alsa Mix, who relished the soft ground when winning first time over fences in the mares novice chase at Bangor.
Alsa Mix, a Grade 2 winner over hurdles at Sandown, made light of her inexperience, jumping fluently and showing plenty of spirit to get home by a short head from Ireland’s odds-on favourite Agusta Gold.
Alan said:”As we feared two miles around Bangor was always going to be on the sharp side, but she got away with it on testing ground. Ideally, she wants two and a half plus, but winter ground won’t worry her, so, hopefully, she can build on this debut over fences.”
And on Thursday Group Stage, a useful maiden on the Flat, clicked at the first time of asking over hurdles at Ludlow, looking one who could be a real fun horse in juvenile hurdles this winter.