We celebrate a one-two at Kempton
What better way for Barbury to end a frustrating losing run stretching back a couple of weeks than for Alan to celebrate a one-two in the novice hurdle at Kempton on Friday.
However, it was 16-1 shot Perfect Harmony, having his first race for two years, who led home better-fancied stablemate On To Victory, and nobody was more surprised than owner Liz Prowting and Alan himself.
Liz, whose talented newcomer Es Perfecto showed enormous promise on his debut in the bumper, said:”That was not expected. Perfect Harmony has had so many little problems and after such a long absence winning was more than we could have hoped.”
Alan echoed those thoughts, reflecting:”I felt sure Perfect Harmony would need this comeback and I’d like to think there is plenty of improvement to come.
“He showed plenty of promise before his setback and has been ready to return for some time now. But either the ground was bottomless or the meeting was abandoned, so we have had to be patient.
“This looked the ideal race to start back, and, though we thought the trip would be on the sharp side, he quickened up well in the straight and did the job in style.”
On To Victory, who would have finished second at Huntingdon in his previous race had he not unshipped his rider at the last, looked to appreciate stepping up in trip, but, though he travelled strongly throughout and looked the winner between the last two flights, Perfect Harmony had the better finishing kick.