Four winners already on the board this month

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November 5

Barbury could hardly have got off to a better start in November, with four winners already on the board by the third day of the month, Shannon Hill (Stratford) carrying on where we left October, courtesy of the useful Senior Citizen at Chepstow.

Highlight so far has been Fidux‘s convincing success in the Listed handicap hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, and, having ended a frustrating run of 11 consecutive defeats over timber when gaining a confidence-boosting victory at Southwell, this was a big step up again as he powered home by eight lengths on the Royal course.

It was the third time that Alan has captured this Ascot prize, Raya Star and Elgin being the previous two. Elgin went on and followed up in the valuable Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham, so fingers crossed that Fidux, who had looked such a promising juvenile hurdler, will continue to climb back up the ladder.

Just 24 hours before the Fidux celebrations, we were lauding the talents of Cracker Factory, who made it four wins out of five when winning the juvenile hurdle at Wetherby – “he was very professional and will be even better when he is stepped up to two and a half miles” was Daryl Jacob’s post-race assessment – and also Kimberley Point, who looked a progressive mare when winning the maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter.

We have enjoyed a terrific summer on the Flat with 32 winners, but the promising Aweedram, who has twice finished a close third, will be our final runner of the turf season at Nottingham on Wednesday, so here’s hoping that he can make it third time lucky.