Minella Charmer was having his second run for the yard after a satisfactory start in a bumper, running in what looked a competitive maiden hurdle at Warwick on Thursday afternoon. He put up a great performance to finish 2nd beaten only 2 lengths by a highly regarded and expensive Dan Skelton charge with the 3rd place a further 9 lengths behind the pair. He seems to relish the testing conditions and this was certainly a very pleasing debut over hurdles.
McCabe Creek gave a good account of himself on the same day at Taunton with Jamie Insole taking the ride again. Ridden in a prominent position than he normally has been, the horse settled well for Jamie and gave him a good ride round, Jamie gave him every chance to win his race, the pair were closed down on the run in for home, eventually finishing 2nd by just over 4 lengths.
It is always exciting when a new horse makes his debut on the racecourse and this was certainly the case with Winter Escape at Doncaster on Friday. A lovely 4 year old by Robin Des Pres, he made his debut in a maiden hurdle rather than the more conventional route of running in bumpers. Although his work and schooling had been very pleasing at home it is a big ask to expect too much from a young horse. Tracking the leading pair of horses throughout the race, he quickened, kept on well from the last under a hands and heels ride to win by just under 4 lengths, a great introduction to life on the racecourse.
Sceau Royal got the weekend off to a great start when running out a game winner of the Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham, the race was run at a good pace and although Sceau Royal does posses a good turn of foot it was great to see him stay on strongly up the hill enhancing his claim for the Triumph Hurdle.
Turn Over Sivola and Annacotty took their chance in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup with both horses running a solid race. Annacotty struggled to hold his position throughout the race, just finding himself on the back foot over 2m5f and although he won over this lesser trip and Cheltenham’s previous meeting the plan will now be to step him back in up trip where there are still plenty of options for him. Turn Over Sivola did not disgrace himself with this effort either, he travelled a little too free early on in the race and once he learns to settle better at this trip, combined with a sounder surface he will certainly provide his owners with plenty of enjoyable days.
On the same day at Doncaster we were represented by 2 runners, first of those being Sego Success. Running for the first time in cheek pieces and ridden a lot more prominently than he had been, he seemed to thrive off these change of tactics and looked to really enjoy a flatter track. In what was testing ground he ran out a 5 length winner and now we have seemed to find the key to him he can hopefully progress from this run.
Who Dares Wins made his second start over hurdles in the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster after previously scoring at Ludlow. He too like Sceau Royal staked his Triumph Hurdle claim by winning by an impressive 20 lengths, stamina would appear to be his forte and with only 2 runs over hurdles under his belt hopefully he can continue to progress and give the boss a good headache about where to run his juveniles!