Two Bank Holiday winners kick-start May in style for Barbury

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May 3

Two winners and a second from four runners on our first dip into the May pool had everyone displaying positive vibes at Barbury on Tuesday morning, with Alan, who secured four more two-year-olds at last week’s Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sales at Newmarket, leading the plaudits.

Finest View supplemented recent Ludlow gains when beating the boys convincingly at Kempton, and between Fast Forward  topping up the celebrations by springing a 20-1 surprise at Windsor almost five hours later, Alan also derived plenty of pleasure from Super Lover‘s excellent second on what was his first race since last November.

Without quite going as far as giving us a rendering of one of the hit songs of the Happy Mondays, the Salford rock band from the 80’s, Alan conceded that the May Bank Holiday had been “a very satisfactory day”.

He said:”It started well with Finest View at Kempton. I was a bit worried when our main rival, Galahad Threepwood, was a late withdrawal as I was hoping he would provide the pace in the race. Happily, however, Tom (Cannon) took up the cudgels as Finest View is inclined to have a little look when she is out in front, which at least stops her from over-racing.

“She was very free in her bumpers, but she is now learning to relax and she’ll have learned plenty from that. I probably made a mistake in training her for the Listed bumper at Cheltenham’s November meeting as by the time we got her there she had gone over the top. I had probably stuck too much work into her, so we had to regroup and now we are back on track.”