Label Des Obeaux made a great start to the weekend when running out a 1 1/2 length winner of the Grade 2 Neptune Investments Novice’s Hurdle over 2m4f. Having his second start in only 13 days he put a good round of jumping and when he eventually took up the lead between the last 2 hurdles he stayed on strongly. An improving horse who seems to relish testing ground conditions, he could now be on course for the Challow Hurdle.
Saturday was a busy day for the team with runners at 3 different courses. Mystery Code and Forgiving Glance got the ball rolling at Aintree in a listed fillies juvenile hurdle, both of them acquiring black type at the first time of asking, with the pair finishing 2nd and 3rd with only a short head the difference between them. They are two lovely fillies who still have time to progress and hopefully improve from this experience.
Simply A Legend was our only runner at Sandown on Saturday, and thanks to a great ride by Tom Bellamy, managed to win on his second run back following some time on the sidelines. Settled out the back throughout the race it was a well judged ride by Tom with the official winning margin being a neck.
First Mohican provided Henry Ponsonby and his team of owners a much deserved victory at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening, he has been a brilliant servant for Henry and it was great to see him get into the winners enclosure, he is a horse who doesn’t always show his true running but when he is on song he can prove very difficult to beat, as he showed on Saturday, winning by a neck and giving plenty of weight away to the horses in 2nd and 3rd.
Huntingdon on Sunday was our next port of the call for the team, contrary to the preview recently posted we were represented with 3 runners, all finishing placed. Kings Bayonet put up a much improved performance from his run at Market Rasen during the summer. He Jumped and travelled well, eventually finishing a 2 length 3rd, a good performance considering he was having his first run since late August.
Midnight Cowboy was having his first start over hurdles in what was a competitive race. A smashing sort who is forever maturing both physically and mentally he put up a good performance finishing 3rd beaten 11 lengths. On the whole he jumped well with a few minor errors, just getting a little outpaced 3 hurdles from home he stayed on very strongly to take 3rd place close to the line. He will benefit massively from this experience and will be seen to better effect once upped in trip.
Mia’s Storm was having her first run under rules after previously winning a point to point in Ireland, in what was a competitive listed bumper, she ran extremely well finishing a 5 lengths 2nd behind a well regarded and unbeaten bumper filly from the in-form Warren Greatrex yard. She too has now acquired black type in only her second run of her career, a good sound jumper at home she is a big scopey mare who will improve for this run and we look forward to her progressing as the season goes on.